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"  Whosoever  doth  not  curry  his  cross  and  conic  after  Me, 
can  not  be  My  disuplo." — Luke  xiv    '27. 


PRAYER-BOOK  FOR  RELIGIOUS: 

A  COMPLETE  MANUAL  OF 


anb  ©ebotion*  for  tfje  ®tee  of  tlje 
of  all  &eltgfou*  Communities. 


A  PRACTICAL  GUIDE  TO  THE  PARTICULAR  EXAMEN 
AND  TO  THE  METHODS  OF  MEDITATION 


BY 


REV.   F.   X.  LASANCE, 

Author  of"  Visits  to  Jesus  in  the  Tabernacle,"  "The  Sacred 
Heart  Book?    "Mass  Devotions"  etc. 


WITH   COMPLETE   ALPHABETICAL   INDEX. 


NEW,  REVISED  EDITION 


NEW  YORK,  CINCINNATI,  CHICAG 
NZIOER    BROTHER 

PRINTERS  TO  THE   HOLY    APOSTOLIC   SEE      A 


fHibil  ©betat. 


REMY  LAFORT, 


Censor  Librorum. 


Umprtmatur. 


JOHN  M.  FARLEY, 

Archbishop  of  New  Ytrk. 


NEW  YORK,  May  16,   1904. 


^X 


&PYRIGHT,    1904,    BY   BENZIGER   BROTHERS. 


preface. 


THE  character  and  the  purpose  of  this  book  are  clearly 
indicated  by  its  title.  It  is  a  book  of  devotions  and  pray 
ers  designed  and  specially  adapted  for  the  use  of  Relig 
ious.  It  offers  itself  to  them  as  a  helpful  companion  in 
all  the  exercises  of  religion ;  it  aims  to  assist  them  in  the 
particular  and  general  examination;  to  instruct  them  in 
the  correct  and  practical  methods  of  making  a  meditation, 
and  to  direct  them  how  to  converse  with  God  most  prop 
erly  and  profitably  in  mental  and  vocal  prayer. 

It  supplies  them  with  abundant  devotions  and  prayers 
for  all  the  seasons  of  the  ecclesiastical  year. 

A  member  of  one  of  our  most  illustrious  Religious 
Orders  remarked  one  day  quite  casually  in  our  presence, 
when  devotional  literature  was  the  topic  of  conversation : 
"What  we  need  in  English  is  a  complete  Prayer-book  to 
meet  the  special  wants  of  Religious,  so  that  a  Mistress  of 
Novices  may  be  able  to  say  to  inquiring  aspirants  to  the 
religious  life:  '  Besides  the  Roman  Missal,  I  recommend 
to  you  this  particular  book;  then  you  will  surely  have 
what  will  prove  most  serviceable  in  the  convent  for  the 
hours  of  devotion.'  ' 

Acting  on  this  inspiration  or  suggestion,  we  have  de 
voted  much  time  and  spared  no, pains  in  the  compilation 
and  adaptation  of  the  present  work.  It  is  the  result  at 
least  of  honest  effort  to  meet  the  wants  of  our  various 
Sisterhoods,  and  it  comprises,  indeed,  a  number  of  little 
Dooks  under  one  title. 


viii  Preface. 

which  were  approved  since  1902,  are  from  The  New 
Raccolta. 

This  book  is  dedicated  most  respectfully  to  the  mem 
bers  of  our  Religious  Orders,  whose  heroic  life  of 
self-denial  for  the  love  of  God  and  their  neighbor,  in  the 
following  of  Christ  and  in  the  spirit  of  their  vows  of  obedi 
ence,  chastity,  and  poverty,  is  an  inspiration  and  encour 
agement  to  all  who  value  truth  and  justice,  virtue  and 
holiness,  while  it  is,  at  the  same  time,  a  rebuke  to  the 
worldly-minded,  who  walk  not  with  God,  whose  thoughts 
are  not  of  heaven,  but  of  earth,  and  who,  in  their  nervous 
quest  for  honor,  wealth,  and  pleasure,  in  these  times  of 
individualism  or  egotism,  seek  simply  the  gratification  of 
self. 

We  plead  with  these  good  and  edifying  Religious  for 
an  occasional  Memento  before  Jesus  in  the  taSernacle. 

F.  X.  LASANCE. 


Contents* 

(See  complete  Alphabetical  Index  at  end  of  this  Contents. ) 

PAGE 

Preface v 

Alphabetical  Index i 

The  Calendar 15 

Some  Movable  Feasts  of  Special  Devotion 27 

Fasting-Days 28 

Feasts  of  Obligation  in  the  United  States 28 

Table  of  Movable  Feasts 29 

JBoofe  1f. 

MEDITATION,  PRAYER,  AND  THE  PARTICULAR  EXAMEN. 

Prayer 40 

For  What  and  for  Whom  we  Should  Pray 45 

A  Talk  about  Prayer 49 

Vocal  Prayer 58 

Mental  Prayer • 60 

Is  Mental  Prayer  Easy? 63 

Method  of  Meditation  according  to  St.  Ignatius 69 

Outlines  of  the  Sulpician  Method  of  Meditation 74 

Explanation  of  the  Sulpician  Method  of  Mental  Prayer..  76 
Bishop  Bellord's  Summary  of  a  Method  of  Meditation ....  78 
Method  of  Particular  Examination  in  Striving  after  Per 
fection  80 

The  Subject-Matter  of  the  Particular  Examen 81 

The  Spiritual  Exercises  of  St.  Ignatius  Arranged  in  Prayers.  91 

JBooh  ff . 

GENERAL  DEVOTIONS. 

SPIRITUAL  EXERCISES  IN  THE  MORNING.  ...  117 

On  Awaking  and  Arising 117 

Prayer  while  Dressing _ 117 

Prayer  while  putting  on  the  Habit 1 18 

Prayer  of  St.  Gertrude  on  Awaking 1 18 

Prayer  of  Blessed  Margaret  Mary 119 


Contents. 

FAGS 

Prayers  before  Meditation 121 

Prayers  after  Meditation 123 

Morning  Prayers 126 

Renewal  of  Vows 132 

Short  Formula  of  Renovation  of  Vows. 133 

Litany  of  the  Most  Holy  Name  of  Jesus 134 

A  Short  Form  of  Morning  Prayers  for  Religious 139 

Morning  Offering  to  the  Blessed  Sacrament 141 

EVENING   PRA  YERS 142 

Litany  of  the  Blessed  Virgin 146 

Consecration  of  Religious  Communities 150 

Act  of  Consecration  for  Religious 151 

A  Short  Form  of  Evening  Prayer 152 

Night  Offering  to  the  Blessed  Sacrament 154 

Vesper-Song  of  Our  Lady 155 

Compline 157 

A  Formula  of  the  Vows 172 

GRACE  BEFORE  AND  AFTER  MEALS 173 

GENERAL  PRA  YERS 187 

Daily  Intentions 187 

Daily  Prayer  for  the  Associates  in  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus  .  188 

Daily  Prayer  for  the  Associates  in  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Mary  .  188 

Prayer  before  Examen 189 

Daily  Examen 189 

General  Examen 191 

An  Offering  of  Communion 192 

Intentions  for  Holy  Communion 193 

Prayer  of  the  Associates  for  the  Communion  of  Reparation  195 

METHODS  OF  HEARING  MASS 197 

Offering  of  Mass  and  Communion  on  Sunday — The  Holy 

Trinity 19? 

Offering  of  Mass  and  Communion  on  Monday — The  Holy 

Souls  in  Purgatory 199 

Offering  of  Mass  and  Communion  on  Tuesday — The  Holy 

Angels 200 

Offering   of   Mass   and   Communion   on   Wednesday — St.  ' 

Joseph 203 

Offering  of  Mass    and    Communion    on  Thursday — The 

Blessed  Sacrament  and  the  Sacred  Heart.  ., 205 

Offering  of  Mass  and  Communion  on  Friday — The  Pas 
sion  and  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus 214 

Offering   of   Mass    and    Communion   on    Saturday — The 

Blessed  Virgin  Mary. 222 

Prayers   Ordered  by  Pope  Leo  XIII.,   to  be  Said  after 

Every  Low  Mass  in  all  the  Churches  of  the  World.  .  .  .  228 

Ordinary  Method  of  Serving  a  Priest  at  Mass 229 


Contents,  xi 

PAGE 

A  Method  of  Assisting  at  Mass  for  Children 233 

The  Ordinary  of  the  Holy  Mass 239 

Mass  Devotions  for  Each  Day  in  the  Week — Sunday — 

Votive  Mass  of  the  Blessed  Trinity 278 

Monday — Votive  Mass  of  the  Holy  Ghost 281 

Tuesday — Mass  of  the  Holy  Angels 284 

Wednesday — Votive  Mass  of  St.  Joseph 287 

Thursday — Votive  Mass  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament 290 

Friday — Votive  Mass  of  the  Passion 296 

Saturday— Votive  Mass  of  the  Immaculate  Conception 

of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary 299 

Mass  of  the  Seven  Dolors  of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary.  .  . .  302 

A  Method  of  Hearing  Mass  for  Religious 310 

A  Method  o."  Hearing  Mass  by  Way  of  Meditation  on  the 

Passion 323 

The  Holy  Mass  in  Union  with  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus.  .  331 

A  Mode  of  Hearing  Mass  for  the  Faithful  Departed  ....  342 
A  Mode  of  Hearing  Mass  in  Honor  of  the  Blessed  Virgin 

Mary f 352 

DEVOTIONS  FOR    CONFESSION 369 

Prayers  to  the  Holy  Ghost  before  Confession 370 

Preparatory  Prayers 370 

Examen  for  Confession 371 

Means  of  Arriving  at  Perfection 374 

Interior  Practice 376 

Reflections  for  Contrition  and  Amendment .380 

Offering  of  Confession 385 

The  Seven  Penitential  Psalms  in  Latin  and  in  English. . . .  388 

DEVOTIONS  FOR  HOLY   COMMUNION 401 

Mass  in   Honor  of  the   Blessed   Sacrament   before  Holy 

Communion 401 

After  Mass  and  Communion  (Thanksgiving) 414 

Petitions  and  Offerings  after  Holy  Communion 421 

A  Mass  of  Thanksgiving  after  Holy  Communion 426 

Various  Exercises  of  Devotion  for  Holy  Communion 456 

Simple  Prayers  for  Holy  Communion 466 

Litany  for  Holy  Communion .  . ; 469 

Short  Acts  for  Holy  Communion 472 

After  Holy  Communion 473 

The  Picture  of  a  Good  Novice 487 

Reflections  and  Prayers  before  and  after  Communion  for 

Religious 489 

A  very  Commendable  Exercise  for  Holy  Communion 504 

INDULGENCED   PRA  YERS 518 

Benediction  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament 537 


xii  Contents. 


JBooh  Iff. 

LITANIES,  NOVENAS,  INDULGENCED  PRAYERS,  OFFICES,  AND 
PRAYERS  FOR  PARTICULAR  OCCASIONS. 

PAGE 

THE   WEEK  SANCTIFIED 547 

I.  The  Holy  Trinity:    One  God 548 

II.  The  Holy  Ghost 551 

Devotions  for  the  Faithful  Departed 571 

III.  Devotions   to   the   Angels   and   in   Particular  to   the 

Angel  Guardian 578 

IV.  Devotions  in  Honor  of  St.  Joseph 585 

V.  Devotions  to  the  Blessed  Sacrament  and  to  the  Sacred 

Heart  of  Jesus 601 

The  Hour  of  Adoration 610 

Prayers  for  Visits  to  the  Blessed  Sacrament  and  the 

Hour  of  Adoration 610 

Acts  of  Faith,  Hope,  and  Charity  before  the  Blessed 

Sacrament 612 

Sentiments  of  a  Religious  before  the  Blessed  Sacra 
ment  618 

Reparation  and  Consecration  for  Religious 631 

Renovation  of  Vows  for  Religious  Persons 633 

Litany  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament 648 

Litany  of  the  Sacred  Heart 651 

Little  Office  of  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus 652 

The  Holy  Hour 66 1 

A  Favorite  Novena  to  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus  ....  670 
Consecration  of  Religious  Communities  and  Families.  675 
The  Venerable  Mother  Julie  Billiart  and  Her  Devo 
tion  to  the  Sacred  Heart 676 

Rosary  of  the  Sacred  Heart 677 

The  Month  of  June 681 

VI.  Devotions  in  Honor  of  the  Passion  of  Our  Lord 683 

Thoughts  from  the  Saints 683 

The  Via  Crucis  or  Way  of  the  Cross 687 

Litany  of  the  Passion .- 694 

Month  of  the  Precious  Blood 7°3 

Novena  in  Honor  of  the  Precious  Blood  of  Jesus.  . .  .  704 

The  Ceremonies  of  Holy  Week  Explained 707 

VII.  Devotions  in  Honor  of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary 720 

Reflections  of  a  Religious  on  Devotion  to  Our  Lady. .  720 
Indulgenced  Novenas  in  Honor  of  the  Blessed  Virgin 

Mary 725 

Mysteries  of  the  Holy  Rosary 727 

Rosary  of  the  Blessed  Virgin 728 

Little  Office  of  the  Immaculate  Conception 735 


Contents.  xiii 

PAGE 

Novena  in  Honor  of  the  Dolors  of  the  Blessed  Virgin.  746 

Officium  Parvum  Beatae  Mariae  Virginia  (The  Office 
of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary;  or,  The  Hours  of 

Our  Lady)  ..................................  755 

Comments  on  the  Rubrics  of  the  Office  of  the  Blessed 

Virgin  Mary.  .  ..............................  756 

Commemorations  ................................  851 


BONA  MORS  DEVOTIONS;  PREPARATION  FOR  A  HAPPY  DEATH; 
EXAMINATION  OF  CONSCIENCE  FOR  EXTRAORDINARY 
OCCASIONS;  PRAYERS  FOR  THE  SICK  AND  DYING;  THE 
ADMINISTRATION  OF  THE  LAST  SACRAMENTS;  THE  BURIAL 
SERVICE;  A  LITTLE  BOOK  OF  NOVENAS;  MISCELLANEOUS 
PRAYERS. 

The  Monthly  Retreat  or  Day  of  Recollection  and  Prayer 

in  Preparation  for  a  Happy  Death  ................      869 

Thoughts  from  St.  Alphonsus  on  Death  and  Eternity.  ...      871 

Offering  of  Mass  and  Communion  for  the  Monthly  Recol 

lection  in  Preparation  for  Death  ...................     874 

A  Bona  Mors  Litany,  and  Other  Prayers  for  a  Happy  Death     898 
Devotions  for  the  Sick,  and  the  Last  Prayers  ............      904 

The  Order  of  Administering  Holy  Communion  to  the  Sick     910 
The  Order  of  Administering  the  Sacrament  of  Extreme 

Unction  .........................................     912 

Apostolic  Benediction  and  Plenary  Indulgence  at  the  Hour 

of  Death  ........................................     916 

Recommendation  of  a  Soul  Departing  ..................     919 

The  Burial  Service  ...................................     926 

Ordinary  of  the  Mass  for  the  Dead  .....................     936 

Litany  of  the  Saints  ..................................     p66 

Litany  for  the  Faithful  Departed  .......................     975 

The  Psalter  of  Jesus  .........  .  .......................     py- 

Devotions  for  Advent  and  Ember  Days  .................     985 

Ember  Days  ..............................  .  ..........     087 

A   LITTLE  BOOK  OF  NOVENAS: 

Novena  for  Christmas  .................................     987 

Another  Novena  to  the  Holy  Child.  ...  .................     Qp2 

The  Last  Day  of  the  Year  ............................     998 

Novena  to  the  Infant  Jesus  ............................   IOoi 

Novena  for  the  New  Year  .............................   1002 

Novena  for  Epiphany  .................................   1003 

Novena  to  the  Holy  Name  of  Jesus  .....................   I(x»5 

Novena  for  the  Purification  of  Our  Lady  ................    IOO6 


xiv  Contents. 

PAGE 

Novena  to  St.  Joseph 1007 

Litany  to  St.  Joseph IOo8 

Novena  for  the  Annunciation  of  Our  Lady 1008 

Novena  in  Honor  of  Our  Saviour's  Passion 1009 

Novena  for  Easter.    In  Honor  of  the  Glorious  Resurrection.    1012 

Novena  for  Pentecost .     1013 

Prayers  for  the  Month  of  May 1015 

Novena  for  Corpus  Christi 1016 

Novena  for  the  Feast  of  the  Sacred  Heart 1017 

Novena  for  the  Festival  of  the  Visitation 1018 

Novena  for  the  Assumption 1019 

.Novena  for  the  Nativity  of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary 1020 

Novena  to  Our  Lady  of  Mercy 102 1 

Novena  for  the  Feast  of  the  Guardian  Angels 1022 

Novena  to  the  Patron  Saint  of  your  Religious  Order 1023 

Novena  for  the  Feast  of  Mary's  Presentation 1024 

Novena  for  the  Immaculate  Conception 1025 

Prayer  to  St.  Augustine 1027 

Novena  to  St.  Benedict,  Abbot 1030 

Devotions  to  St.  Francis  of  Assisi 1031 

Novena  to  St.  Francis  of  Assisi 1032 

Novena  to  St.  Clara 1033 

Novena  to  St.  Dominic 1033 

Novena  to  St.  Catharine  of  Sienna 1035 

Novena  to  St.  Francis  de  Sales 1037 

Novena  and  Prayers  to  St.  Jane  Frances  de  Chantal 1040 

Novena  in  Honor  of  St.  Vincent  de  Paul 1041 

Novena  to  St.  Ignatius  Loyola 1042 

Novena  to  St.  Ursula 1044 

Novena  to  St.  Bernard 104^ 

Novena  to  St.  Charles  Borromeo 1048 

The  Novena  of  Grace  in  Honor  of  St.  Francis  Xavier.  .  .  .    1049 
St.  Francis  Xavier,  Patron  of  the  Apostleship  of  Prayer.  .    1051 

Novena  for  the  Feast  of  All  Saints 1054 

Novena  to  St.  Anthony  of  Padua 1054 

Miscellaneous  Prayers 1057 

Devout   Exercise   of   the   Six    Sundays   in    Honor  of   St. 

Aloysius  Gonzaga 1058 

Indulgenced  Aspirations  and  Short  Prayers 1062 

Additional  Prayers  for  Various  Occasions 1066 

Prayers  for  Travelers.  .  .  '. 1071 

Prayer  for  Sisters  in  Retreat 1074 

Miscellaneous  Extracts,  Maxims,  and  Prayers 1079 

Extracts  from  Masters  in  the  Spiritual  Life 1083 

APPENDIX,  containing  Additional  Prayers 1095 

EPISTLES  AND  GOSPELS mi 


HIpbabetical 

(See  Appendix,  page  1095,  for  Additional  Prayers.) 


Actions,  Offering  of  all  one's,  to 
the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  515. 

Act  of  faith,  126,  142,  457,  hope, 
126,  142;  love,  126,  142,  459; 
contrition,  127,  384,  385,  458; 
of  consecration  to  the  Sacred 
Heart,  133,  632,  680;  consecra 
tion  for  Religious,  151;  adora 
tion,  361,  457;  thanksgiving, 
362;  atonement,  362,  440,  636, 
668;  supplication,  363;  contri 
tion  and  prayer  for  pardon,  383; 
sorrow,  384;  consecration,  441, 
1076;  humility  and  confidence, 
458;  desire,  459;  oblation,  459, 
462;  adoration,  praise,  and 
thanksgiving,  461 ;  petition,  462; 
trust,  463;  praise,  483;  oblation 
to  the  Holy  Ghost  558;  conse 
cration  and  choice  of  St.  Joseph 
as  a  patron,  597;  consecration  to 
St.  Joseph,  599;  faith,  hope,  and 
charity  before  the  Blessed  Sacra 
ment,  612;  Indulgenced,  in  honor 
of  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  628; 
homage  to  the  Eucharistic  Heart 
of  Jesus,  634;  admiration  of  the 
divine  goodness,  644;  resigna 
tion,  700;  reparation  to  the 
Heart  of  Jesus  for  the  first  Fri 
day  of  the  month,  626;  of  praise 
to  the  Sacred  Hearts  of  Jesus 
and  Mary,  724;  consecration  to 
our  Queen  and  Mother,  753; 
consecration  to  the  most  holy 
heart  of  Mary,  754;  consecra 
tion  to  St.  Alpysius  Gonzaga, 
1058;  consecration  to  Our  Lady 
used  in  some  Religious  Houses, 
1075. 


Acts  and  prayers  which  may  bt 
used  during  a  novena  of  the 
Sacred  Heart,  672. 

Acts  for  holy  communion,  Short, 
472. 

Adeste  fideles  (hymn),   990. 

Administering  holy  communion  to 
the  sick,  910;  the  Sacrament 
of  Extreme  Unction,  912. 

Adoration,  Act  of,  361;  acts  of 
faith  and ,  457  ;  praise  and  thanks 
giving,  Acts  of,  461 ;  hour  of, 
610,  619. 

Adoro  Te  Devote  (hymn).  ,118,  435. 

Advent,   Devotions  for,  985. 

Agnus  Dei,  Daily  prayer  for  those 
who  carry  an,  1077. 

Agonizing,  Prayers  in  honor  of  St. 
Joseph  for  the,  600. 

Agony,  Prayers  for  the  faithful  in 
their,  682. 

All  Saints,  Novena  for  the  Feast 
of  1054. 

Alma  Redemptoris  (hymn),  167. 

Alphonsus,  Thoughts  from  St.,  on- 
death  and  eternity,  871. 

Ambrose  and  Augustine,  Hymn 
of  SS.,  805. 

Angela  Merici,  St.,  Prayer  to,  591. 

Angel  Guardian,  Prayer  to  the,  1 30, 
578;  devotions  to  the,  .578; 
litany  of  the,  579;  prayer  to 
one's,  581. 

Angelic  Trisagion,  The,   117. 

Angels,  Offerings  of  Mass  and  com 
munion  in  honor  of  the,  200;  Mass 
of  the,  2 84;,  devotions  to  the,  578. 

Angelus  Domini,   137. 

"Anima  Christi,"  A  paraphrase  of 
the,  451. 

Annunciation  of  Oui"  Lady,  Nove 
na  for  the,  1008. 


Alphabetical  Index. 


Apostles'  Creed,  33.  129;  Apostles, 
Psalms  sung  on  festivals  of  the, 
530;  a  prayer  to  the  Apostles, 
SS.  Peter  and  Paul,  1053. 

Apostleship  of  prayer,  Morning 
offering  of  the,  133. 

Apostolic  benediction  and  plenary 
indulgence  at  the  hour  of  death 
(Ritus  Benedictipnis  Apostolicae 
in  Articulo  Mortis),  916. 

Aquinas,  Prayer  of  St.  Thomas,  416. 

Archangels:  Antiphon  to  St. 
Michael,  585;  prayer  to  St. 
Raphael,  585;  prayer  to  St. 
Gabriel  585;  prayer  in  honor  of 
the  holy,  1061. 

Articulo  Mortis,  Ritus  Benedic- 
tionis  Apostolica?  in  (Apostolic 
benediction  and  plenary  indul 
gence  at  the  hour  of  death),  916. 

Aspirations,  117.  124,  550,  579,  564, 
704,  1056,  1062. 

Assisting  at  Mass  for  children, 
Method  of,  233;  short  and  sim 
ple  method  of,  236. 

Assumption,  Novena  for  the,  1019. 

Athanasius,  Creed  of,  33. 

Ave  Maris  Stella  (hymn),  529,  771. 

Ave  Regina  (hymn),  169. 

Ave  Verum  (hymn),  218. 


B 

Bellord,  Bishop,  Summary  of  a 
Method  of  Meditation,  78. 

Benedicite,  or  Song  of  the  Three 
Children,  414. 

Benediction  of  the  Blessed  Sacra 
ment,  537;  reflections  on,  541; 
prayers  at,  542. 

Billiart,  Venerable  Mother  Julie, 
and  her  devotion  to  the  Sacred 
Heart,  676. 

Blessed  Margaret  Mary,  Prayers  of, 
119,  484,  672;  act  of  consecra 
tion  by,  516;  a  novena  to,  674. 

Blessed  Sacrament,  ejaculation  in 
honor  of  the  Sacred  Heart  in  the, 
133;  morning  offering  to  the, 
141;  night  offering  to  the,  154; 
offering  to  the,  of  Mass  and 
communion,  205;  Mass  of  the, 
290;  Mass  in  honor  of  the,  401 ; 
prayers  to  the  Ht>ly  Ghost  in 
connection  with  devotions  to 
the,  568;  prayers  for  visits  to 
the,  610,  615;  acts  of  faith, 
hope,  and  charity  before  the,  612; 
prayer  of  St.  Alphonsus  Liguori 
for  a  visit  to  the,  617;  sentiments 


of  a  Religious  before  the,  618, 
Sighs  to  Jesus  in  the,  638;  prayer 
for  the  glorification  of  the,  640; 
litany  of  the,  648. 

Blessed  Trinity,  Mass  of,  278; 
prayer  for  Sunday  to  the,  549. 

Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  Memorare  to 
the,  146,  724;  litany  of  the,  146; 
offering  of  Mass  and  communion 
to  the,  222;  Mass  of  the  seven 
dolors  of  the,  302;  mode  of 
hearing  Mass  in  honor  of  the ,  3  5  2 ; 
ejaculation  to  the,  368;  the  Mag 
nificat,  or  canticle  of  the,  526; 
psalms  for  the  festivals  of  the, 
527;  devotions  in  honor  of  the, 
720;  prayer  of  St.  Aloysius 
Gonzaga  to  the,  725;  eleven 
novenas  in  honor  of  the,  725; 
novena  in  honor  of  the,  726; 
rosary  of  the,  728;  novena  in 
honor  of  the  dolors  of  the,  746; 
a  prayer  to  the  Mother  of  Pure 
Love,  748;  the  Thirty  Days' 
prayer  to  the,  750;  three  offer 
ings  in  honor  of  the,  753;  com 
ments  on  the  rubrics  of  the  Office 
of  the,  756;  novena  for  tlie 
Nativity  of  the,  1020;  novena 
for  the  feast  of  the  Presentation 
of  the,  1024.  (See  also  under 
Mary  and  Mother  of  God. ) 

Bona  Mors  Devotions;  prepara 
tion  for  a  happy  death;  exami 
nation  of  conscience  for  extra 
ordinary  occasions;  prayers  for 
the  sick  and  dying;  the  adminis 
tration  of  the  last  sacraments, 
and  the  office  for  the  dead, 
869. 

Bona  Mors  Litany,  and  other 
prayers  for  a  happy  death,  A, 
898. 

Bonaventure,  St.,  Prayer  of,  417. 

Burial  Service,  The,  926. 


Calendar,  The,  15. 

Canticle,  of  the  Blessed  Virgin,  326, 
of  the  Seraphim,  548. 

Charity,  The  heroic  act  of,  571. 

Chaplet  of  the  Holy  Ghost,  554; 
of  the  Rosary  for  the  Dead,  575; 
Indulgenced,  of  the  Sacred 
Heart  of  Jesus,  623;  in  Honor  of 
the  Immaculate  Heart  of  Mary, 
743;  Little,  in  honor  of  the  Im 
maculate  Conception.  744. 


Alphabetical  Index. 


Christmas  Day,  Psalms  for,  536; 
hymn  for,  991. 

Church,  Prayer  to  the  Holy  Spirit 
for  the,  557,  1087;  prayer  for 
the  wants  of  the,  640;  prayer 
for  the,  and  for  the  civil  au 
thorities,  642. 

Collect  of  St.  Agnes,  1060. 

Come,  Holy  Ghost  (hymn),    1014. 

Comments  on  the  rubrics  of  the 
Office  of  the  Blessed  Virgin 
Mary,  756. 

Communion,  Offering  of,  192;  inten 
tions  for.  193;  prayer  of  the  asso 
ciates  for,  195;  spiritual ,  at  Mass. 
306;  -what  the  saints  thought  of 
spiritual,  308;  devotions  for,  401 ; 
after  Mass  and,  414;  petitions 
and  offering  after,  421;  reflec 
tions  after,  424;  a  Mass  of 
thanksgiving  after,  426;  various 
exercises  of  devotion  for,  456; 
prayers  before,  457;  prayers 
after,  461 ;  prayer  to  Our  Lady 
after,  464;  simple  prayers  for, 
466;  litany  for,  469;  short  acts 
for,  472;  after,  47.5;  reflections 
and  prayers,  before  and  after, 
for  Religious  489;  a  very  com 
mendable  exercise  for.  504; 
spiritual,  637;  offering  of,  for 
the  monthly  recollection  in 
preparation  for  death,  874;  the 
order  of  administering,  to  the 
sick,  910.  (See  also  under  Holy 
Communion. ) 

Complin  •,  157. 

Confession,     Devotions    for,     369; 

Erayers  to  the  Holy  Ghost  be- 
jre,  370;  examen  for,  371; 
offering  of,  385;  prayers  after, 
386. 

Confidence,  Acts  of  humility  and, 
458. 

Confiteor,  The,  142. 

Consecration,  Act  of  religious,  151; 
act  of,  441,  1076;  act  of,  by 
Blessed  Margaret  Mary,  516; 
and  prayer  to  the  Holy  Ghost, 
568;  act  of,  and  choice  of  St. 
Joseph  as  a  patron,  597;  to  St. 
Joseph,  599;  to  the  Sacred 
Heart  of  Jesus  133,  632,  650, 
680;  of  Religious  communities 
and  families,  150,  675;  to  Mary, 
our  Mother,  723;  a  form  of,  to 
the  Mother  of  God,  748;  to  our 
Queen  and  Mother,  753;  to  the 
most  holy  heart  of  Mary,  754; 
to  St.  Aloysius  Gonzaga,  1058; 
to  Ojr  Lady,  1075. 


Contrition  and  amendment,  Re 
flections  for,  380;  act  of,  and 
prayer  for  pardon,  383;  short 
and  efficacious  act  of,  384;  acts 
of,  127,  385,  458. 

Conversion  of  unbelievers,  Prayer 
for  the,  568. 

Corpus  Christi,  On  the  festival  of, 
536;  devout  exercises  for  Holy 
Thursday  and  the  feast  of,  604; 
novena  for,  1016. 

Cor  Sanctissimum  Jesu,  420. 

Creed,  Apostles',  33,  129;  of  St. 
Athanasius,  33;  Nicene,  36. 

Cross,  Way  of  the,  687. 

Crucified,  Prayer  before  a  picture 
of  Christ,  ion. 

Crucifix,  Indulgenced  prayer  before, 
213,  420. 


D 


Daily  examen,  189;  short  method 
of,  190. 

Daily  intentions,  187. 

Daily  offering  to  the  Sacred  Heart 
of  Jesus,  636. 

Daily  prayer  for  the  associates  in 
the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  188; 
in  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Mary,  188; 
for  those  who  carry  an  Agnus 
Dei,  1077. 

Dead  or  Dying,  prayers  for,  536. 

Dead,  the  rosary  for  the,  575. 

Death,  Prayer  for  a  happy,  153,  598. 

Desire,  Acts  of  love  and,  459. 

Devotion,  Various  exercises  of,  for 
holy  communion,  456;  of  the 
Seven  Sundays  in  honor  of  St. 
Joseph,  585. 

Devotions,  for  each  day  in  the 
week,  278;  for  confession,  369, 
for  holy  communion,  401 ;  prayers 
to  the  Holy  Ghost  in  connection 
with  devotions  to  the  Blessed 
Sacrament,  568;  for  the  Faithful 
Departed,  571;  to  the  angels, 
and  in  particular  to  the  angel 
guardian,  578;  in  honor  of  St. 
Joseph,  585:  prayer  to  St. 
Joseph  for  October,  598;  in 
honor  of  the  Passion  of  Our 
Lord,  680;  in  honor  of  the 
Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  720. 

Devout  exercise,  in  honor  of  the 
seven  sorrows  and  seven  joys  of 
St.  Joseph,  586;  to  the  Blessed 
Sacrament  and  to  the  Sacred 
Heart  of  Jesus,  601;  for  all  the 
Thursdays  in  the  year,  and  espe- 


Alphabetical  Index. 


cially  for  Holy  Thursday  and  the 
feast  of  , Corpus  Christi,  604; 
of  the  six  Sundays  in  honor  of 
St.  Aloysius  Gonzaga,  1058. 

Dies  irae,  dies  ilia  (hymn),  940. 

Divine  goodness,  Acts  of  admira 
tion  of  the,  644. 

Divine  Office,  Prayer  to  be  said 
before,  760;  prayer  to  be  said 
after,  761. 

Dolors  of  the  Blessed  Virgin,  A 
no  vena  in  honor  of  the,  746. 

Dressing,  Prayer  while,  117. 

E 

Easter,  No  vena  for,  1012. 

Ejaculations,  119,  133,  134,  323, 
338,368,  402,  410,419,420,460, 
600,  618,  6.ss,  637,  639,  702,  726. 

Ember  days,  985. 

Epiphany,  Novena  for.  1003. 

Eternity,  Thoughts  from  St.  Al- 
phonsus  on  death  and,  871. 

Eucharistic  Heart,  Ejaculation  to 
the,  338;  acts  of  homage  to  the, 
634;  ejaculation  to,  635. 

Evening  prayer,  Short  form  of,  152. 

Examen,  Prayer  before,  189; 
daily,  189;  general,  191;  for 
confession,  371 ;  on  the  Rules,  881. 

Examination,  Method  of  particu 
lar,  80;  a  more  detailed  method 
of,  372. 

Exercise  for  holy  communion,  from 
the  prayers  of  the  saints,  504; 
pious,  of  the  Fridays  in  honor 
of  the  Sacred  Heart,  682;  in 
honor  of  Our  Lady  of  Dolors,  745 ; 
of  the  six  Sundays  in  honor  of 
St.  Aloysius  Gonzaga,  1058. 

Exercises  of  devotion  for  holy 
communion,  456. 

Explanation  of  the  Sulpician  meth 
od  of  mental  prayer,  76. 

Exterior  exercises  for  every  day  in 
the  month,  684. 

Extracts,  maxims,  and  prayers, 
Miscellaneous,  1127;  from  mas 
ters  in  the  spiritual  life,  1083. 

Extreme  Unction,  The  order  of 
administering  the  Sacrament 
of,  912. 


Faith,  Profession  of,  37;  act  of, 
126;  acts  of,  and  adoration,  457. 

Faithful  Departed,  A  mode  of  hear 
ing  Mass  for,  342;  devotions  for 
the,  571;  prayer  for  the,  682. 


Fasting-days,  28. 

Faults,  A  petition  to  overcome 
one's,  476. 

Feasts  of  Obligation  in  the  United 
States,  28;  of  special  devotions, 
some  movable,  27;  table  of 
movable,  29. 

Feast  of  the  Sacred  Heart,  681- 
novena  for  the,  of  the  Sacred 
Heart,  1017;  of  the  Visitation, 
novena  for  the,  1018;  of  the 
guardian  angel,  novena  for  the, 
1022  ;  presentation  of  the  Blessed 
Virgin,  novena  for  the,  1024; 
of  All  Saints,  novena  for  the, 
1054. 

Festivals  of  the  Blessed  Virgin 
Mary,  Psalms  for  the,  527;  of 
the  apostles,  530. 

Formula  of  the  Vows,  172. 

Friday,  Mass  and  Communion  on, 
214;  Mass  of  the  Passion  for, 
296;  act  of  reparation  for  first, 
626;  pimus  exercise  for,  in  honor 
of  the  Sacred  Heart,  682. 


General  examen,  191. 

Gloria  Patris,  The  practice  of  the 

seven,    in    honor    of    the    Holy 

Spirit,  556. 
God,    Ejaculation     to,    323,     618; 

litany  of  the    love    of,  550;    St. 

Gertrude's  offering  of  the  life  and 

sufferings  of  Our   Lord  to,    699. 
Good    Counsel,    Prayer    to    Mary, 

Our  Lady  of,  746. 
Grace  before  and  after  meals,  173. 
Graces,  Petitions  for,  114;    prayer 

to  implore, for  ourselves,  together 

with   acts  of    admiration  of   the 

divine  goodness,  644. 
Guardian  Angels,  Novena  for    the 

feast  of  the,  1022. 


H 

Habit,  Prayer  while  putting  on 
the,  118. 

Hail  Mary,  The,  129. 

Happiness,  The  Heart  of  Jesus  the 
source  of  all,  671. 

Heroic  act  of  charity,  571. 

Holy  Communion,  Devotions  for, 
4OIi  473;  petitions  and  offerings 
after,  421;  a  Mass  of  thanksgiv 
ing  after,  426;  prayer  to  Our 
Lady  after,  464;  simple  prayers 


Alphabetical  Index. 


for,  466;  litany  for,  469;  short  acts 
for,  472.  (See  also  under  Com 
munion.) 

Holy  Family,  Prayer  to  the,  1002. 

Holy  Ghost,  Prayer  to  the,  before 
meditation,  122;  votive  Mass 
of  the,  281 ;  prayers  to  the,  be 
fore  confession,  370;  hymn  and 
sequence  of  the,  551;  chaplet 
of  the,  554;  no  vena  to  the,  in 
preparation  for  the  feast  of 
Pentecost,  556;  the  practice  ot 
the  Seven  Gloria  Patris  in  honor 
of  the,  556;  prayer  to  the,  for 
the  Church,  557;  short  indul- 
genced  prayer  to  the,  557;  va 
rious  prayers  suitable  for  a 
novena  to  the,  557;  act  of  obla 
tion  to  the,  558;  offering  to  the, 
559;  Little  Office  of  the,  560; 
pious  aspirations  for  obtaining 
the  seven  gifts  of  the,  564; 
and  Religious  Orders,  566; 
thanksgiving,  consecration,  and 
prayer  to  the,  568;  prayers  to 
the,  in  connection  with  devotions 
to  the  Blessed  Sacrament,  568. 

Holy  Hour,  661 ;  reflections,  medi 
tations,  and  prayers  for  the,  662; 
prayers  for  the,  in  honor  of  the 
face  of  Our  Lord,  706. 

Holy  Name  of  Jesus,  Litany  of  the, 
134;  a  prayer  to  the,  999;  no- 
vena  to  the,  1005. 

Holy  souls  in  purgatory,  Indul- 
genced  prayer  in  behalf  of  the, 
575- 

Holy  Scripture,  Texts  of,  to  excite 
sorrow  for  sins,  379. 

Holy  Spirit.  ( See  under  Holy  Ghost. ) 

Holy  Thursday  and  the  feast  of 
Corpus  Christi :  Devout  exer 
cises  for  all  the  Thursdays  in  the 
year,  and  especially  for,  604. 

Holy  Trinity,  Offering  of  Mass  and 
communion  to  the,  197;  prayers 
to  the,  548. 

Holy  Week,  The  Ceremonies  of, 
explained,  707. 

Homage,  Acts  of,  to  the  Eucharis- 
tic  Heart  of  Jesus,  634. 

Hope,  Act  of,  126,  142. 

Hour  of  adoration,  610;  holy,  661. 

Hours  of  Our  Lady,  The  Office  of 
the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  755. 

Humility  and  confidence,  Acts  of, 
458. 

Hymns:  At  prime  on  Sundays  and 
week-days  throughout  the  year, 
138;  "Now  with  the  Fast-depart- 
vn£  Light,"  163;  Alma  Redemp- 


toris,  167;  Ave  Regina,  169; 
Regina  Cceli,  169;  Tantum  Ergo 
Sacramentum,  210,  537,  622; 
Ave  Verum,  218;  Jesu  Dulcis 
Amor  Meus,  219;  Veni,  Sancte 
Spiritus,  282,  553;  Lauda  Sion 
Salvatorem,  293;  Stabat  Mater, 
303;  "Jesus,  Master,  teach  me,' 
480;  St.  Francis  Xavier's  hymn 
of  love,  482;  Veni,  Domine  Jesu! 
507;  Lucis  Creator  Optime,  525; 
Ave  Mans  Stella,  529,  771;  O 
Salutaris  Hostia,  537!  "My 
God,  My  Lord,  in  Thine  own 
place,"  611;  Te  Deum  Lauda- 
mus,  539,  805;  Veni  Creator 
Spiritus,  551;  O  Filii  et  Filiae. 
719;  Dies  Irae,  Dies  Ilia,  938; 
SS.  Ambrosej  and  Augustine,  805; 
Adeste  Fideles,  990;  "Oh, 
Come,  All  Ye  Faithful!"  (for 
Christmas  day),  991;  "Come, 
Holy  Ghost,  1014;  Tota  Pul- 
chra  Es,  Maria,  1026;  To  the 
Saints  and  Martyrs  of  Religious 
Orders,  1028;  "Lead,  Kindly 
Light,"  1079. 

I 

Immaculate  Conception,  Mass  of 
the,  299;  Little  Office  of  the 
735;  Little  Chaplet  in  honor  of 
the,  744;  novena  for  the,  1025. 

Immaculate  Heart  of  Mary,  Chap- 
let  in  honor  of  the,  743. 

Indulgenced  acts  in  honor  of  the 
Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  628. 

Indulgenced  aspirations  and  short 
prayers,  1062. 

Indulgenced  Chaplet  of  the  Sacred 
Heart  of  Jesus,  623. 

Indulgenced  prayer  before  a  cruci 
fix,  213,  420;  after  the  Hail 
Mary,  469;  to  the  Holy  Ghost, 
557;  in  behalf  of  the  holy  souls 
in  purgatory,  575;  in  honor  of 
the  Passion  of  Our  Lord,  700; 
practices  and  prayers  in  honor 
of  St.  Anthony  of  Padua,  1055. 

Indulgenced  Prayers  and  Ejacula 
tions,  519. 

Indulgences  granted  by  Pope 
Pius  IX  for  a  novena  in  honor 
of  the  Sacred  Heart,  669. 

Infant  Jesus,  Prayer  to  the,  989, 
998;  novena  to  the,  1001. 

Intentions,  Daily,  187;  for  holy 
communion,  193. 

Interior  practice,  376. 

Invocations  and  Salutations 
(Morning),  121;  to  St.  Joseph, 


Alphabetical  Index. 


130;  to  the  Guardian  Angel, 
130;  to  the  patron  saint,  130, 
131;  "Anima  Christi,"  213;  to 
St.  Joseph,  599;  to  the  Sacred 
Heart  of  Jesus,  671. 
Instruction,  Prayers  to  be  said 
aloud  before  giving,  1073. 


Jesus  Christ,  Prayers  composed  by 
St.  Clara  of  Assisi  in  honor  of, 
696;  seven  offerings  of  the  pre 
cious  blood  of,  701. 

Jesus  in  the  Blessed  Sacrament. 
(See  under  Blessed  Sacrament.) 

Jesus,  Litany  of  the  Most  Holy 
Name  of,  134;  prayer  for  the  as 
sociates  in  the  Sacred  Heart  of, 
1 88;  Prayer  to  Jesus,  Lover  of 
Children,  526;  Prayer  to  Jesus 
Dead,  527;  the  Psalter  of,  977; 
novena  to  the  Holy  Child,  992. 

John  the  Baptist,  St.,  Indulgenced 
prayer  to,  527. 

June,  Month  of,  681. 

June,  Prayer  to  the  Sacred  Heart 
said  daily  during  month  of, 
1075- 


Lent,  Novena  for,  1009. 

Litanies,  novenas,  indulgenced 
prayers,  offices  and  prayers  for 
particular  occasions,  547. 

Litany  of  the  Holy  Name  of  Jesus, 
134;  of  the  Blessed  Virgin,  146; 
for  holy  communion,  469;  of  the 
love  of  God,  550;  of  the  Guardian 
Angel,  579;  of  the  Blessed  Sac 
rament,  648;  of  the  Sacred 
Heart,  651;  of  the  Passion,  694; 
and  other  prayers  for  a  happy 
death,  898;  of  the  saints,  966; 
for  the  Faithful  Departed,  975; 
of  St.  Joseph,  1008. 

Lord's  Prayer,  128. 

Love,  Act  of,  126. 

Love  and  desire,  Acts  of,  459. 

Lucis  Creator  Optime  (hymn),  525. 

M 

Magnificat,     or     canticle     of     the 

Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  526. 
March,  Offering  to  St.  Joseph  said 

during  the  month  of,  1074. 
Marks  of  a  fervent  Religious,  485. 
Martyrs  of  Religious  Orders,  Hymn 

to  the,  1028. 
Mary,  Prayer  for  the  associates  in 

the      Sacred      Heart      of,      188; 


pra; 
ligic 


irayer  to.  746;  prayer  of  a  Re- 
.igipus  to,  749;  prayer  to,  for  the 
spirit  of  obedience,  1076;  form 
of  dedicating  a  child  to,  1076. 
(See  also  under  Blessed  Virgin.) 

Mass,  Prayer  before,  195;  offering 
during,  196;  methods  of  hearing, 
197 ;  on  Sunday,  197 ;  on  Monday, 
199;  on  Tuesday,  200;  on  Wed 
nesday,  203;  on  Thursday,  205; 
on  Friday,  214;  on  Saturday, 222; 
ordinary  method  of  serving  a 
priest  at,  229;  method  of  assist 
ing  at,  for  children,  233;  devo 
tions  for  each  day  in  the  week, 
278;  of  the  Blessed  Trinity,  278; 
of  the  Holy  Ghost,  281;  of  the 
Holy  Angels,  284;  of  St.  Joseph, 
287;  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament, 
290;  of  the  Passion,  296;  of  the 
Immaculate  Conception  of  the 
Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  299;  of  the 
Seven  Dolors  of  the  Blessed  Vir 
gin  Mary,  302;  spiritual  com 
munion  at,  306;  a  method  of 
hearing,  for  Religious,  310; 
method  of  hearing  by  way  of 
meditation  on  the  Passion,  323; 
in  union  with  the  Sacred  Heart 
of  Jesus,  331;  for  the  Faithful 
Departed,  342;  in  honor  of  the 
Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  352;  in 
honor  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament 
before  holy  communion,  401; 
and  communion,  414;  of  thanks 
giving  after  holy  communion, 
426;  Ordinary  for  the  dead,  936. 

Masters  in  the  spiritual  life,  Ex 
tracts  from,  1083. 

May,  Prayersforthe  month  of,  1015. 

Meals,  Grace  before  and  after,  173. 

Means  of  arriving  at  perfection, 
374- 

Meditation,  Method  of,  according 
to  St.  Ignatius,  69;  outlines  of 
Sulpician,  74;  Bishop  Bellord's 
summary  of,  78. 

Meditation,  prayers  before,  121; 
prayers  after,  123;  on  the  Passion 
of  Our  Lord  and  Saviour,  Jesut 
Christ,  and  pious  exterior  and 
interior  exercises  for  every  day 
in  the  month,  684. 

Memorare  to  the  Blessed  Virgin, 
146,  724. 

Mental  Prayer,  60;  Is  mental 
prayer  easy?  63;  Explanation 
of  Sulpician  method  of,  76. 

Method  of  particular  examination 
in  striving  after  perfection,  80; 
of  daily  examen,  190:  ordinary 
of  serving  a  priest  at  Mass,  229; 


Alphabetical  Index. 


of  assisting  at  Mass  for  children, 
233'.  °f  hearing  Mass  for  Re 
ligious,  310;  of  hearing  Mass  by 
way  of  meditation  on  the  Pas 
sion,  323;  of  examination,  372. 

Methods  of  hearing  Mass,  197. 

Monday  Offering  of  Mass  and 
communion  on,  199;  method  of 
hearing  Mass  on,  200;  Mass  of 
the  Holy  Ghost  on,  281 ;  prayer 
to  be  said  on,  574;  mode  of  hear 
ing  Mass  on,  for  the  Faithful  De 
parted,  342. 

Monthly  retreat  or  day  of  recollec 
tion  and  prayer  in  preparation 
for  a  happy  death,  869. 

Morning  invocations  and  saluta 
tions,  1 20. 

Morning  offering  of  the  Apostle- 
ship  of  Prayer,  133;  to  the 
Blessed  Sacrament,  141. 

Morning  prayers.  Short  form  of, 
for  Religious,  139. 

Mother  of  God,  Prayer  to,  723;  a 
form  of  consecration  to  the,  748. 

Movable  feasts  of  special  devotion, 
Some,  27;  table  of,  29. 


Name  of  Jesus,' Litany  of  the,  134; 
a  prayer  to  the  adorable,  999; 
prayer  in  honor  of,  525;  novena 
to  the  Holy,  1005. 

New  Year,  An  offering  of  the,  999; 
novena  for  the,  1002. 

Nicene  Creed,  36. 

Night  offering  to  the  Blessed  Sac 
rament,  154. 

Night  Prayers,  142. 

November,  Practice  for  the  month 
of,  577- 

Novena  to  the  Holy  Ghost  La  prep 
aration  for  the  feast  of  Pentecost, 
556;  various  prayers  suitable  for 
a,  to  the  Holy  Ghost,  S57'»  to  St. 
Joseph,  589,  600;  to  the  Sacred 
Heart  of  Jesus,  669,  670,  672; 
for  a  special  intention,  674;  to 
Blessed  Margaret  Mary,  674;  in 
honor  of  the  precious  blood  of 
Jesus,  704;  in  honor  of  the 
Blessed  Virgin  Mary  for  any 
festival,  725,  726;  in  honor  of  the 
Dolors  of  the  Blessed  Virgin,  746; 
for  Christmas,  987;  to  tne  Holy 
Child  Jesus,  992,  1001;  for  the 
New  Year,  1002;  for  Epiphany, 
1003;  to  the  Holy  Name  of  Jesus, 
1005;  for  the  purification  of  Our 
Lady,  1006;  to  St.  Joseph,  1007; 


for  the  Annunciation  of  Our  Lady, 
1008;  in  honor  of  Our  Saviour's 
Passion,  1009;  for  Easter,  1012; 
for  Pentecost,  1013;  for  Corpus 
Christi ,  1016;  for  the  feast  of  the 
Sacred  Heart,  1017;  for  the 
feast  of  the  Visitation,  1018;  for 
the  Assumption,  1019;  for  the 
Nativity  of  the  Blessed  Virgin 
Mary,  1020;  to  Our  Lady  of 
Mercy,  1021;  for  the  feast;  of  the 
Guardian  Angels,  1022;  to  thekpa- 
tron  Saint  of  the  Religious  Order 
to  which  one  belongs,  1023;  for 
the  feast  of  the  Presentation  of 
the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  1024; 
for  the  Immaculate  Conception, 
1025;  to  St.  Benedict,  Abbot, 
1030;  to  St.  Francis  of  Assisi, 
1032  ;  to  St.  Clara,  1033  ; 
to  St.  Dominic,  1033;  to  St. 
Catharine  of  Sienna,  1035;  to 
St.  Francis  de  Sales,  1037;  to 
St.  Jane  Frances  de  Chantal, 
1040;  to  St.  Vincent  de  Paul, 
1041;  to  St  Ignatius  Loyola, 
1042;  to  St.  Ursula,  1044;  to 
St.  Bernard,  1045;  to  St.  Charles 
Borromeo,  1048;  of  grace  in 
honor  of  St.  Francis  Xavier,  1049; 
for  the  feast  of  All  Saints,  1054; 
to  St.  Anthony  of  Padua,  1054. 

Novenas,  a  little  book  of,  1087. 

Novice,  A  picture  of  a  good,  487. 


Obedience,  Prayer  to  Mary  to  ob 
tain  the  spirit  of,  1076. 

Oblation,  Act  of,  459,  462. 

Offering  of  the  Apostleship  of 
Prayer,  Morning,  133;  to  the 
Blessed  Sacrament  (Morning), 
141;  to  the  Blessed  Sacrament 
(Night),  154;  of  communion,  192; 
during  Mass,  196;  of  precious 
blood,  197;  of  Mass  on  Sunday, 
197;  on  Monday,  199;  on  Tues 
day,  200;  on  Wednesday,  203; 
on  Thursday,  205;  on  Friday, 
214;  on  Saturday,  222;  of  con 
fession,  385;  of  sacramental 
penance,  387;  after  holy  com 
munion,  421;  before  a  picture 
of  the  Sacred  Heart,  469;  of  all 
one's  actions  to  the  Sacred 
Heart,  515;  to  the  Holy  Ghost, 
559;  daily,  to  the  Sacred  Heart, 
636;  of  sufferings  of  Our  Lord, 
690;  of  the  precious  blood,  701: 


Alphabetical  Index. 


of  intentions  before  reciting 
the  Rosary,  728;  in  honor  of  the 
Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  753;  of 
Mass  and  communion  for  the 
monthly  preparation  for  death, 
874;  for  the  New  Year,  999;  to 
St.  Joseph  during  the  month  of 
March,  1074. 

Office  of  the  Holy  Ghost,  Little, 
560;  Holy  Angels,  581;  St. 
Joseph,  591;  Sacred  Heart  of 
Jesus,  652;  Immaculate  Con 
ception,  735;  Blessed  Virgin 
Mary,  756;  Blessed  Virgin  Mary; 
or,  the  Hours  <,f  Our  Lady, 
75  S. 

Offkium  Parvum  Beatae  Mariae 
Virginis  (The  Office  of  the 
Blessed  Virgin  Mary),  755. 

O  Filii  et  Filiae  (hymn),  719. 

Orders,  Religious  and  the  Holy 
Ghost,  566. 

Order  of  administering  holy  com 
munion  to  the  sick,  The,  910; 
the  Sacrament  of  Extreme 
Unction,  912. 

Ordinary  method  of  serving  a 
priest  at  Mass,  229. 

O  Salutaris  Hostia  (hymn),  537. 

Our  Lady,  Vesper-song  to,  155; 
prayer  to,  221;  prayer  to,  after 
holy  communion,  464;  novena 
for  the  Purification  of,  1006; 
novena  for  the  Annunciation  of, 
1008;  novena  to  Our  Lady  of 
Mercy,  1021;  prayer  to  Our 
Lady  of  Good  Counsel,  1077. 

Our  Lord,  Devotions  in  honor  of 
the  Passion  of,  683;  St.  Ger 
trude's  offering  of  the  sufferings 
of,  699;  Indulgenced  prayer  in 
honor  of  the  Passion  of,  700. 


Paraphrase  of  the  "  Anima  Christ!," 
4Si. 

Particular  examination,  A  method 
of,  80;  subject-matter  of,  81. 

Passion  and  the  Sacred  Heart,  Of 
fering  of  Mass  and  communion, 
214. 

Passion,  Mass  of  the,  296;  method 
of  hearing  Mass  by  way  of  medi 
tation  on  the,  323;  devotions  in 
honor  of  the,  683;  meditations 
on  the  sorrowful,  of  Our  Lord 
and  Saviour  Jesus  Christ,  684; 
litany  of  the,  694;  indulgenced 
prayer  in  honor  of  the,  700; 
novena  in  honor  of  Our  Saviour's, 
1009. 

Patron  saint,  Novena  to  the,  1023. 


Paul,  St.,  Prayer  to,  532. 

Peace,  Prayer  for,  1062. 

Penance,  Short  offering  of  Sacra 
mental,  387. 

Penitential  Psalms,  The  seven  (in 
Latin  and  in  English),  388. 

Pentecost,  On  the  festival  of,  536; 
novena  to  the  Holy  Ghost  in 
preparation  for  the  feast  of,  556; 
prayer  for  the  feast  of,  557;  no- 
vena  for,  1013. 

Perfection,  Means  of  arriving  at, 
374- 

Perseverance,  Prayer  to  St.  Joseph 
for,  600. 

Petition,  Act  of,  462;  to  overcome 
faults,  476;  to  obtain  graces, 
646;  for  help,  1073;  to  St.  Vin 
cent  de  Paul,  1078. 

Petitions,  for  graces,  114;  and  of 
ferings  after  holy  communion, 
421;  of  St.  Augustine,  516; 
thirty-three,  1000. 

Picture  of  a  good  novice,  487. 

Pius  IX.,  Prayer  of,  706. 

Plenary  indulgence  at  the  hour  of 
death,  916. 

Pope,  Prayer  for  a  deceased,  1061; 
prayer  for  the  election  of  a,  1061. 

Practice,  Interior,  376;  of  the 
Seven  Gloria  Patris  in  hoaor  of 
the  Holy  Spirit,  556;  Indul 
genced,  in  honor  of  St.  Anthony 
of  Padua,  1057- 

Praise,  to  the  will  of  God,  130;  and 
thanksgiving,  Acts  of,  461;  Act 
of,  483;  to  the  Sacred  Hearts  of 
Jesus  and  Mary,  Act  of,  724. 

Prayer,  40;  necessity  of,  42;  ef 
ficacy  of,  43;  conditions  of,  43; 
a  talk  about,  49;  vocal,  58; 
mental,  60;  is  mental  easy?  63; 
explanation  of  the  Sulpician 
method  of  mental,  76;  of  St. 
Ignatius  (Soul  of  Christ,  etc.), 
to  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  92; 
preparatory,  92;  to  obtain  the 
grace  of  understanding,  04;  to 
excite  one's  self  to  repentance, 
95;  triple  colloquy,  96;  colloquy 
on  God's  mercy  and  compassion, 
98;  to  Jesus  Christ,  Our  King, 
99;  for  assistance  in  contemplat 
ing  the  scenes  of  the  gospel,  100; 
to  obtain  the  three  degrees  of 
humility,  101;  on  the  three 
classes,  103;  that  we  may  be  re 
ceived  under  the  standard  of  our 
divine  King,  104;  before  election, 
105;  in  desolation,  106;  that  we 
may  unite  ourselves  with  the 
sufferings  of  Our  Lord,  107;  to 


Alphabetical  Index. 


Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ  risen  from 
the  dead,  109;  to  excite  love  for 
God,  no;  while  dressing,  117; 
while  putting  on  the  habit,  118; 
of  St.  Gertrude  on  awaking, 
118;  of  Blessed  Margaret  Mary, 
119;  before  meditation,  121;  to 
the  Sacred  Heart,  122;  to  the 
Holy  Ghost,  before  meditation, 
122;  after  meditation,  123;  morn 
ing,  126;  for  holy  Church,  128; 
Lord's,  128;  Hail  Mary,  129;  of 
the  Blessed  Virgin,  St  Joseph, 
your^guardian  angel,  your  patron 
saint,  130;  short  form  of  morn 
ing,  for  Religious,  139;  evening, 
142,  152;  for  a  happy  death,  153, 
898;  daily,  for  associates  in  the 
Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  188;  daily, 
for  associates  in  the  Sacred  Heart 
of  Mary,  188;  before  examen, 
189;  of  the  Associates  for  Com 
munion  of  Reparation,  105;  be 
fore  Mass,  195;  indulgenced,  be 
fore  a  crucifix,  213,  420;  to  Our 
Lady  of  Sorrows,  221,  745;  to 
Our  Lady,  Mother  of  Confidence, 
518;  to  Our  Lady  Reparatrice, 
534;  to  Our  Lady,  Mother  of 
Divine  Providence,  1077;  to 
the  HolylGhost  before  confession, 
370;  for  pardon,  383;  after 
confession,  386;  of  St.  Thomas 
Aquinas,  416,  1057;  of  St.  Bon- 
aventure,  417;  indulgenced, 
443;  before  communion,  457; 
after  communion,  461;  to  Our 
Lady  after  holy  communion,  464; 
for  holy  communion,  '466;  of 
Ven.  Father  Olier,  468;  of 
Blessed  Margaret  Mary,  484,  672; 
to  become  a  fervent  Religious, 
484;  reflections  and,  before  and 
after  communion  for  Religious, 
489;  for  the  fulfilling  of  the  will 
of  God,  512;  for  Sunday  to  the 
Blessed  Trinity,  549;  to  the 
Holy  Spirit  for  the  Church,  557; 
to  the  Holy  Ghost,  short  in 
dulgenced,  557,  568;  for  the  feast 
of  Pentecost,  557;  for  the  conver 
sion  of  unbelievers,  568;  in  be 
half  of  the  holy  souls  in  purga 
tory,  574,  575;  to  the  Angel 
Guardian,  578,  581;  to  St.  Ra 
phael,  archangel,  585;  to  the 
Archangel  Gabriel,  585;  of  a  Re 
ligious  to  St.  Joseph,  588;  for  a 
happy  death,  598;  to  St.  Joseph, 
598,  600,  601;  for  the  agonizing, 
600;  for  a  visit  to  the  Blessed 
Sacrament.  615;  of  St.  Al- 


ehonsus  Liguori,  to  the  Blessed 
acrament,  617,  752,  1047;  for 
the  wants  of  holy  Church,  640; 
for  all  things  needful,  commonly 
called  the  universal  prayer,  643; 
when  suffering,  679;  for  the  faith 
ful  in  their  agony,  682;  in  honor 
of  the  Passion  of  Our  Lord,  in 
dulgenced,  700;  to  the  Heart  of 
Mary,  723;  of  St.  Aloysius  Gon- 
zaga  to  the  Blessed  Virgin,  725, 
1058,  1059;  in  honor  of  the  Im 
maculate  Mary,  742;  to  Our 
Lady  of  Good  Counsel,  746,  1077 ; 
to  Our  Lady  of  Lourdes,  747;  to 
Our  Lady  of  Light,  748;  said  in 
some  Religious  Communities  on 
Saturday  evenings,  748;  of  Re 
ligious  to  Mary,  749;  the  Thirty 
Days',  750;  before  and  after  Di 
vine  Office,  760,  761;  in  prep 
aration  for  a  happy  death,  869;  to 
the  Infant  Jesus,  989,  998;  to 
the  adorable  Name  of  Jesus, 
999;  to  the  Holy  Family,  1002; 
before  a  picture  of  Christ  cruci 
fied,  ion;  for  the  month  of 
May,  1014;  for  a  happy  death  in 
honor  of  St.  Benedict,  1031;  to 
St.  Scholastica,  1031;  to  St. 
Francis,  1038;  for  the  Order  of 
the  Visitation,  1038;  to  obtain 
the  protection  of  St.  Francis  de 
Sales,  1039;  of  the  Church,  1039; 
to  St.  Vincent  de  Paul,  1041; 
to  St.  Angela  Merici,  1043,  to  St. 
Anselm,  1046;  to  St.  Teresa, 
1047;  to  St.  Ann,  1049;  to  St. 
Francis  Xavier,  1050;  to  the 
Holy  Apostles,  Peter  and  Paul, 
1053;  to  St.  Patrick,  1053;  in 
any  necessity  to  St.  Anthony, 
1056;  in  affliction  and  anxiety, 
before  a  statue  of  St.  Anthony, 
1056;  to  St.  John  the  Evangel 
ist,  1057;  to  St.  Mary  Magdalen, 
1057;  to  St.  Stanislaus  Kostka, 
1059;  asking  for  good  priests, 
1059;  to  St.  John  Baptist  de  la 
Salle,  1060;  in  honor  of  St.  Wal- 
burga,  1060;  in  honor  of  the  holy- 
archangel  Michael,  1061,  to  St. 
Raphael,  archangel,  protector  of 
travelers,  1061;  for  a  deceased 
pope,  1061;  for  the  election  of  a 
pope,  1061;  in  time  of  war,  1061; 
for  peace,  1062;  before  visiting 
the  sick,  1072;  before  school, 
1073;  to  be  said  aloud  before 
giving  instruction,  1073;  before 
going  to  the  parlor,  1073;  for 
Sisters  in  retreat,  1074:  to  the 


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Alphabetical  Index. 


Sacred  Heart,  1075;  to  Mary, 
to  obtain  the  spirit  of  obedience, 
1076. 

Prayers,  indulgenced,  518;  at  Ben 
ediction,  542;  to  the  Most 
Holy  Trinity,  548;  suitable  for 
a  novena  to  the  Holy  Ghost, 
557;  to  the  Holy  Ghost  in  con 
nection  with  devotions  to  the 
Blessed  Sacrament,  568:  for 
every  day  in  the  week  in  aid 
of  the  souls  In  purgatory, 
575;  for  visits  to  the  Blessed 
Sacrament  and  the  Hour  of  Ad 
oration,  610;  for  the  Church  and 
for  the  civil  authorities,  642;  to 
implore  graces  for  ourselves,  644; 
during  a  novena  of  the  Sacred 
Heart,  672;  C9mposed  of  St. 
Clara  of  Assisi  in  honor  of  the 
five  wounds,  696:  in  honor  of  the 
Holy  face  of  Our  Lord,  706;  of 
M.  Dupont,  706;  in  honor  of 
Our  Lady  of  Perpetual  Help,  746; 
for  the  sick,  904;  miscellaneous, 
1027;  novena  and,  to  St.  Jane 
Frances  de  Chantal,  1040;  in 
honor  of  St.  Anthony  of  Padua, 
1055;  and  indulgenced  aspira 
tions,  1062;  for  various  occa 
sions,  1066;  for  travelers,  1071; 
miscellaneous  extracts,  maxims, 
and,  1079. 

Precious  blood  of  Jesus  Christ, 
Seven  offerings  of  the,  701; 
month  of  the,  703;  novena  in 
honor  of  the,  704;  offering  to, 
before  the  Rosary,  728. 

Preparation  for  a  happy  death, 
869. 

Presentation  of  the  Blessed  Virgin 
Mary,  Novena  for  the  feast  of  the, 
1024. 

Priests,  Prayer  asking  for  good, 
1059. 

Profession  of  faith  at  the  reception 
of  converts,  37. 

Psalter  of  Jesus,  The,  977. 

Psalms:  IV.,  Cum  Invocarem,  160; 
XXX.,  In  te  Domine,  Speravi, 
161;  XC.,  Qui  Habitat,  161; 
CXXXIII.,  Ecce  Nunc,  163; 
CXVI.,  Laudate,  Dominum,  175, 
524;  CXXIX.,De  Profundis,  185, 
398,  536;  The  Seven  Penitential, 
388;  VI.,  Domine,  ne  in  Furore, 
389,391;  XXXI.,  Beati  Quorum, 
390;  L.,  Miserere,  393;  CXLII., 
Domine  Exaudi,  399;  CIX., 
Dixit  Dominus,  519;  CX.,  Con- 
fitebor  Tibi,  520;  CXI.,  Beatus 
Vir,  521;  CXIL,  Laudate 


Pueri,  522;  CXIIL,  In  Exitu 
Israel,  522;  CXXI.,  Laetatus 
sum,  527;  CXXVI.,  Nisi  Domi 
nus,  528;  CXLVII.,  Lauda, 
Jerusalem,  528;  CXV.,  Credidi, 
530;  CXXV.,  In  Convertendo 
Dominis,  531;  CXXXVIII., 
Domine,  Probasti  Me,  532; 
CXX XL,  Memento,  Domine,  534; 
CXXVIL,  Beatus  Omnes,  536; 
for  the  festivals  of  the 
Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  527;  sung 
on  festivals  of  the  apostles,  530; 
on  festivals  of  one  martyr  or 
several,  534;  on  festivals  of  con 
fessors,  not  bishops,  534;  on 
festivals  of  confessors,  bishops, 
534;  on  festivals  of  virgins  and 
holy  women,  535 ;  on  the  festival 
of  All  Saints,  535;  on  Christmas 
Day,  536;  on  the  festival  of 
Easier,  536;  on  the  festival  of 
Pentecost,  536;  on  the  festival 
of  Corpus  Christi,  536. 

Purgatory,  Offering  of  Mass  and 
communion  for  the  holy  souls  ;n, 
199;  a  short  indulgenced  prayer 
for  the  holy  souls  in ,  575;  prayers 

•  for  every  day  in  the  week  in  aid 
of  the  souls  in,  575. 

Purification  of  Our  Lady,  No- 
vena  for  the,  1006. 

Purity,  Prayer  of  St.  Alphonsus  for, 
S34-  R 

Recommendation  of  a  soul  de 
parting,  919. 

Reflections  for  contrition  and 
amendment,  380;  after  com 
munion,  424;  before  and  after 
communion  for  Religious,  489; 
on  Benediction,  541,  891. 

Regina  Coeli,  138,  i6p. 

Religious  Communities,  Consecra 
tion  of,  1 50. 

Religious  Orders,  Hymn  to  the 
saints  and  martyrs,  1028. 

Religious  and  the  Holy  Ghost,  566. 

Religious,  Short  form  of  morning 
prayers  for,  139;  act  of  consecra 
tion  for,  151;  a  method  of  hear 
ing  Mass  for,  310;  a  prayer  to 
become  a  fervent,  484;  marks  of 
a  fervent,  485;  reflections  and 
prayers  before  and  after  com 
munion  for,  489;  prayer  of  a,  to 
St.  Joseph,  588;  sentiments  of  a, 
before  the  Blessed  Sacrament, 
618;  reparation  and  consecra 
tion  for,  631;  consecration  of 
communities,  675;  prayer  of  a, 
to  Mary,  749. 


Alphabetical  Index. 


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Remember   of   Our    Lady    of   the 

Sacred  Heart,  754. 
Renewal  of  Vows,  132, 133, 173,  633; 

at  Mass,  878. 
Renovation  of  Vows,  Formula  of, 

133-  633- 

Reparation,  Prayer  of  the  As 
sociates  for  the  communion  of, 
195,  625;  and  consecration  for 
Religious,  631;  to  the  Sacred 
Heart  of  Jesus  for  the  first  Fri 
day,  626. 

Resurrection  of  Our  Lord,  No  vena 
in  honor  of,  1012. 

Retreat,  or  day  of  recollection  and 
prayer  in  preparation  for  a  happy 
death,  860;  prayer  for  Sisters  in, 
1074. 

Ritus  Benedictipnis  Apostolicae  in 
Articulo  Mortis,  916. 

Roman  Breviary,  Commemora 
tions  from  the,  851. 

Rosary  for  the  dead,  575;  of  the 
Sacred  Heart,  677;  mysteries  of 
the  holy,  727;  offering  of  the,  in 
union  with  the  precious  blood, 
728;  of  the  Blessed  Virgin,  728. 

Rubrics  of  the  Office  of  the  Blessed 
Virgin  Mary,  756. 

Rules,  Examen  on  the,  88 1. 


Sacrament  of  Extreme  Unction, 
The  order  of  administering  the, 
912. 

Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  Ejaculation 
to  the,  119,  637;  prayer  to  the, 
before  meditation,  122;  in  the 
Blessed  Sacrament,  133;  act  of 
consecration  to  the,  733,  632, 
680;  daily  prayer  for  associates 
of,  1 88;  Mass  and  communion  in 
honor  of  the,  205 ;  and  the  Pas 
sion,  214;'  the  holy  Mass  in 
union  with  the,  331 ;  offering  be 
fore  a  picture  of  the,  409;  of 
fering  of  all  one's  actions  to  the, 
515;  indulgenced  chaplet  of  the, 
623;  indulgenced  acts  in  honor 
of  the,  628;  daily  offering  to  the, 
636;  form  of  consecration  to  the, 
650;  litany  of  the,  651 ;  a  favor 
ite  novena  to  the,  670;  invoca 
tions  to  the,  671 ;  other  acts  and 
prayers  which  may  be  used  dur 
ing  a  novena  of  the,  672;  the 
Venerable  Mother  Julie  Bil- 
liart  and  her  devotion  to  the, 
676;  rosary  of  the,  677  ;  feast  of 


the,  681;  pious  exercise  of  the 
Fridays  in  honor  of  the,  682;  in- 
yoking  the  blessing  of  the,  682; 
indulgences  granted  by  Pope 
Pius  IX.  for  a  novena  in  honor 
of  the,  669;  the  Remember  of  Our 
Lady  of  the,  754;  novena  for  the 
feast  of  the,  1017;  prayer  to  the, 
said  daily  during  the  month  of 
June,  1075;  form  of  consecrating 
a  child  to  the,  1076. 

Sacred  Heart  of  Mary,  daily  pray 
ers  for  associates,  188. 

Sacred  Hearts  of  Jesus  and  Mary, 
Act  of  praise  to  the,  724. 

St.  Agnes,  Collect  of,  1060. 

St.  Aloysius  Gonzaga,  Devout  ex 
ercise  of  the  six  Sundays  in  honor 
of,  1058;  prayer,  to,  1058,  1059; 
act  of  consecration  to,  1058. 

St.  Alphonsus  de  Liguori,  Prayer 
of,  752;  prayer  to,  1047;  prayer 
of,  for  a  visit  to  the  Blessed 
Sacrament,  617;  prayer  of,  to 
St.  Teresa,  1047. 

St.  Angela  Merici,  Foundress  of  the 
Ursuline  Order,  Prayer  to,  1043. 

St.  Ann,  Prayer  to,  1049. 

St.  Anselm,  Prayer,  to,  1046. 

St.  Anthony  of  Padua,  Novena  to, 
1054;  indulgenced  practices  and 
prayers  in  honor  of,  1055;  pious 
practice  of  the  Thirteen  Tues 
days  or  of  the  Thirteen  Sundays 
in  honor  of,  1055;  prayer  in 
any  necessity  to,  1056;  aspira 
tions  to,  1056;  prayer  in  afflic 
tion  and  anxiety  before  a  statue 
of,  1056. 

St.  Athanasius,  Creed  of,  33- 

St.  Augustine,  Petitions  of,  516- 

St  Benedict,  Novena  to,  1030; 
prayer  for  a  happy  death  in 
honor  of,  1031. 

St.  Bernard,  Novena  to,  1045. 
!  St.  Bonaventure,  Prayer  of,  417. 
|  St.  Catharine  of  Sienna,  Novena  to, 
1035. 

St.  Charles  Borromeo,  Novena  to, 
1048. 

St.  Clara.  Novena  to.  1033;  prayers 
composed  by,  in  honor  of  the 
five  wounds,  696. 

St.  Dominic,  Novena  to,  1033. 

St.  Francis  de  Sales,  Novena  to, 
1037;  prayers  to,  1038,  1039- 

St.  Francis  of  Assist,  Devotions  to, 
1031;  novena  to,  1032. 

St.  Francis  Xavier's  hymn  of  love, 
482;  novena  of  grace  to,  1049, 
1051;  prayer  to,  1050. 


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Alphabetical  Index. 


St.  Gertrude,  Prayer  of,  on  awak 
ing,  118;  offering  to  God,  699. 

St.  Ignatius,  method  of  medita 
tion  according  (to,  69;  Suscipe 
of,  125;  Novena  to,  1042. 

St.  Jane  Frances  de  Chantal,  No- 
vena  and  prayers  to,  1040. 

St.  John  Baptist  de  la  Salle. 
Prayer  to,  1060. 

St.  John  the  Evangelist,  Prayer  to, 
1057- 

St.  Joseph,  Invocation  to,  130;  of 
fering  of  Mass  and  communion 
in  honor  of,  203,  287;  devotions 
in  honor  of.  585;  devotion  of  the 
Seven  Sundays  in  honor  of,  585; 
devout  exercise  in   honor  of  the 
seven  sorrows  and  the  seven  joys 
of,  586;  prayer  of  a  Religious  to,  ! 
588;  novena  to,  589,  1007;  Little  j 
Office   of,   591;   act   of   consecra-  j 
tion  to,  597,  599;  prayer  to,  for! 
October  devotions,  598;  invoca- ' 
tion  to,  599;  prayer,  to  for  per-  '•• 
severance,  600;  prayers  in  honor  ; 
of,      for     the      agonizing,      600;  ' 
prayer  to,  as  patron  of  the  uni-  | 
versal    Church,    601;    litany    of,! 
1008;     offering    to,    during    the ! 
month  of  March,  1074. 

St.  Mary  Magdalen,  Prayer  to, 
1057- 

St.  Patrick,  Prayer  to,  1053. 

St.  Raphael,  Archangel,  Prayer  to, 
585,  1061. 

St.  Scholastica,  Prayer  to,  1031. 

St.  Stanislaus  Kostka,  Prayer  to, 
1059. 

St.  Thomas  Aquinas,  Prayer  of, 
416;  prayer  to,  1057.  > 

St.  Ursula,  Novena  to,  1044. 

St.  Vincent  de  Paul,  Novena  to, 
1041;  prayer  to,  1041;  petition 
to,  1078. 

St.  Walburga,  Prayer  in  honor  of, 
1060. 

Saints,  The,  on  spiritual  com 
munion,  308;  on  the  festival  of 
All,  535;  thoughts  from  the,  683; ! 
litany  of  the,  964;  hymn  to  the, ' 
1028. 

Salve  Regina,  170. 

Saturday,  Mass  and  communion  on, 
222;  Mass  of  the  Immaculate 
Conception  on,  299. 

School,  Prayer  before,  1073. 

Sentiments  of  a  Religious  before 
the  Blessed  Sacrament,  618. 

Sequence  of  the  Holy  Ghost,  Hymn 
and,  551. 

Seraphim,  Canticle  of  the,  548. 


Seven  Gifts  of  the  Holy  Ghost, 
Pious  aspirations  for  obtaining 
the,  564. 

Seven  offerings  of  the  precious 
blood  of  Jesus  Christ,  701. 

Seven  Penitential  Psalms,  in  Latin 
and  in  English,  388. 

Short  and  simple  method  of  assist 
ing  at  Mass  for  children,  236. 

Short  form  of  morning  prayers 
for  Religious,  139;  of  evening 
prayers.  152. 

Short  formula  of  renovation  of 
vows,  133. 

Short  method  of  daily  examen,  190. 

Short  offering  of  sacramental  pen 
ance,  387. 

Sick,  Devotions  for  the,  and  the 
last  prayers,  904;  the  order  of 
administering  holy  communion 
to  the,  910;  prayer  before  visit 
ing  the,  1072. 

Sighs  to  Jesus  in  the  Blessed  Sac 
rament,  638. 

Sorrow,  Act  of,  384. 

Sorrows  and  seven  joys  of  St. 
Joseph,  Devout  exercise  in  honor 
of  the  seven,  586;  a  visit  to  our 
Lady  of,  745. 

Special  devotion,  Some  movable 
feasts  of,  27. 

Spiritual  communion  at  Mass, 
306;  what  the  saints  thought 
of,  308,  637;  fruit  of,  639. 

Spiritual  exercises  of  St.  Ignatius 
arranged  in  prayers,  91. 

Spiritual  life,  Extracts  from  mas 
ters  in  the,  1083. 

Stabat  Mater  (hymn),  303. 

Sub  Tuurn  Praesidium,  75,  148. 

Suffering,  Prayer  when,  679. 

Sulpician,  method  of  meditation, 
Outlines  of,  74;  method  of  men 
tal  praver,  explanation  of,  76. 

Sunday,  Offering  of  Mass  and  com 
munion  on,  197 ;  method  of  hear 
ing  Mass  on,  198;  prayer  for,  to 
the  Blessed  Trinity,  549. 

Sundays,  Devotions  of  the  seven, 
in  honor  of  St.  Joseph,  585. 

Supplication,  Act  of,  363. 

Suscipe  of  St.  Ignatius,  125. 


Table  of  movable  feasts,  29. 
Tantum         Ergo        Sacramentum 

(hymn),  210,  537,  622. 
Te  Deum  Laudamus  (hymn),  539 

805. 


Alphabetical  Index. 


Thanksgiving,  Act  of,  362,  414; 
a  Mass  of,  after  holy  communion, 
426;  acts  of  adoration,  praise, 
and,  461;  hymn  of,  465;  conse 
cration  and  prayer  to  the  Holy 
Ghost,  568,  621. 

Thirty  Days'  Prayer  to  the  Blessed 
Virgin  Mary,  The,  750. 

Thoughts  from  the  saints,  683; 
from  St.  Alphonsus  on  death  and 
eternity,  871. 

Thursday,  Offering  of  Mass  and 
communion  on,  205;  method  of 
hearing  Mass  on,  216;  Mass  of 
the  Blessed  Sacrament  on,  290; 
devotion  of  the  three,  601;  de 
vout  exercises  for  all  the,  and 
the  feast  of  Corpus  Christi,  604. 

Tota  Pulchra  Es,  Maria  (hymn), 
1026. 

Travelers,  Prayer  for,  1051. 

Trinity,  Holy,  Offering  of  Mass  on 
Sunday,  197;  prayers  to  the 
Most  Holy,  S48;  prayers  for 
Sunday  to  the  Blessed,  549; 
Acts 'of  adoration  and  thanks 
giving  to,  544. 

Trisagion,  Angelic,  117. 

Tuesday,  Offering  of  Mass  and 
communion  on,  200;  method  of 
hearing  Mass  on,  201:  Mass  of 
the  Holy  Angels,  on,  284. 


U 


Unbelievers,    Prayer   for   the   con 
version  of,  568. 
Universal  prayer,  643. 


Veni,  Creator  Spiritus  (hymn),  SSL 
Veni,  Domini  Jesu!  (hymn),  507. 
Veni,  Sancte  Spiritus  (hymn),  282, 
553- 


Versicle  and  prayer  in  honor  of  the 

Immaculate  Mary,  742. 
Vesper-Song  to  Our  Lady,  155. 
Via  Crucis  or  Way  of  the   Cross, 

The,  687. 
Virgin    Mary,    Little    Chaplet    in 

honor  of  the,  744. 
Visit  to  Our  Lady  of  Sorrows,  A, 

745- 
Visitation,   Novena  for  the  Festival 

of   the,    1018;     prayers   for   the 

Order  of  the,  1038. 
Visits   to   the   Blessed   Sacrament, 

§rayers  for,  610,  615;  prayer  of 
t.  Alphonsus  Liguori  for,  617. 
Vocal  Prayer,  58. 

Vows,  Renewal  of,  132,  173;  for 
mula  of,  173;  renovation  of,  for 
Religious  persons,  633;  a  re 
newal  of,  at  Mass,  878. 


W 

War,  Prayer  in  time  of,  1061. 

Way  of  the  Cross,  The,  687. 

Wednesday,  Offering  of  Mass  and 
communion  on,  203;  method  of 
hearing  Mass  on,  203;  Mass  of 
St.  Joseph  on,  287. 

Week  Sanctified,  The,  547;  prayer 
for  every  day  in  the,  in  aid  of 
the  souls  in  purgatory,  575. 

Will  of  God,  Praises  to  the,  130. 


Year,  Offering  on  the   last  day  o 
the,  998;  offering  of  the  new,  999 


Zeal  for  the  interests  of  the  Heart 
of  Jesus,  465. 


PRAYER-BOOK  FOR  RELIGIOUS. 


Hbe  Calendar. 

JANUARY. 

1.  CIRCUMCISION    OF    OUR    LORD;      St.    Fulg<;ntius; 

St.  Odilo,  Ab. 

2.  Octave  of  St.  Stephen;   St.  Macarius;   St.  Adalard. 

3.  St.  Genevieve,  V.;   Octave  of  St.  John,  Ap.,  Ev. 

4.  Octave  of  Holy  Innocents;    St.  Angela  of  Foligno. 

5.  St.  Telesphorus,  P.,M. ;  St.  Simeon  Stylites;  Vigil  of  Epiphany. 

6.  EPIPHANY  OF  OUR  LORD. 

7    St.  Lucian,  P.,  M.;   of  the  Octave  of  Epiphany. 

8-  St.  Severinus;  St.  Gudula,  V.;  of  the  Octave  of  Epiphany. 

9.  SS.  Julian  and  Basilla,  MM.;  of  the  Octave  of  Epiphany. 

10.  S.  William,  Abp.  of  Bourges;   of  the  Octave  of  Epiphany. 

11.  St.  Hyginus,  P.,  M.;   of  the  Octave  of  Epiphany. 

12.  St.  Arcadius,  M.;  St.  Aelred,  Ab.;  of  the  Octave  of  Epiphany. 

13.  St.  Veronica  of  Milan,  V.;   Octave  of  the  Epiphany. 

14.  St.  Hilary,  B.;   St.  Felix,  M. 

15.  St.  Paul,'  first  H. 

1 6.  St.  Marcellus,  P.,  M. 

17.  St.  Antony,  Ab. 

18.  Chair  of  St.  Peter  at  Rome. 

19.  St.  Canute,  K.  of  Denmark,  M.;   St.  Wolstan. 

20.  SS.  Fabian  and  Sebastian,  MM. 

21.  St.  Agnes,  V.,  M. 

22.  SS.  Vincent  and  Anastasius,  MM. 

23.  St.  Raymond  of  Pennafort,  C.;   Espousals  of  the  B.  V  M 

24.  St.  Timothy,  B.,  M. 

25.  Conversion  of  St.  Paul  the  Apostle. 

26.  St.  Poly  carp,  B.,  M. 

27.  St.  John  Chrysostom,  B.,  D. 

28.  St.  Flavian,  M.;   and  St.  Agnes,  the  second  time 

29.  St.  Francis  of  Sales,  B.,  D. 

30.  St.  Martina,  V.,  M. 

31.  St.  Peter  Nolasco,  C. 

ABBREVIATIONS. — Ab.,  Abbot  or  Abbess:  Abp.,  Arcnbisfrop-  Ap^ 
Apostle;  Bl, ,  Blessed;  B.,  Bishop;  B.  V.  M. ,  Blessed  Virgin  Mary;  Zomi-.' 
Companion  and  Companions;  C.,  Confessor;  D.  and  D.D.,  Doctor  and 
Doctors;  Ev.,  Evangelist;  //..Hermit;  K.,  King;  M.  and  MM.,  Martyi 
and  Martyrs:  P.,  Pope;  Pa.,  Patriarch;  Pen.,  Penitent;  Pf.,  Priest;  Q., 
Queen;  55.,  Saints;  V.,  Virgin;  W.,  Widow. 

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1 6  The  Calendar. 


FEBRUARY. 

1.  St.  Ignatius,  B.,  M.;   St.  Brigid,  V.,  Patroness  of  Ireland 

2.  PURIFICATION  OF  THE  BL.  VIRGIN  MARY. 

3.  St.  Blase,  B.,  M. 

4.  St.  Andrew  Corsini,  B. 

5.  St.  Agatha,  V.,  M.;  St.  Philip  of  Jesus. 

6.  St.  Dorothy,  V..,  M.;   St.  Titus,  B. 

7.  St.  Romua'ld,  Ab. 

8.  St.  John  of  Matha,  C. 

9.  St.  Apollonia,  V.,  M.;    St.  Cyril  of  Alexandria^  B.,  C.,  D. 

10.  St.  Scholastic;!,  V. 

11.  St.  Saturninus,  M.;    Seven  Founders  of  the  Servite  Order 

12.  St.  Meletius,  Bishop  of  Antioch,  C. 

13.  St.  Catharine  of  Ricci,  V.;   Gregory  II.,  P.. 

14.  St.  Valentine,  Pr.,  M.;   St.  Agathon,  P. 

15.  SS.  Faustinus  and  Jovita,  MM. 

16.  St.  Onesimus,  B.  of  Ephesus, "M.;    Gregory  X.,  P. 

17.  St.  Theodulus,  M  ;   St.  Hyginus,  P. 

18.  St.  Simeon,  B.  of  Jerusalem,  M. 

19.  St.  Mansuetus,  B.  of  Milan  and  C. 

20.  St.  Eucherius,  B.,  C. 

21.  St.  Severianus,  B.,  M. 

22.  Chair  of  St.  Peter,  at  Antioch. 

23.  (Vigil.)  St.  Peter  Damian,  B.,  D. 

24.  ST.  MATTHIAS,  AP.,  in  leap-years  on  the  2$th. 

25.  St.  Felix,  P.,  C. 

26.  St.  Alexander,  B.  of  Alexandria,  C. 

27.  St.  Leander,  B.  of  Seville,  C. 

28.  St.  Romanus,  Ab. 

29.  St.  Oswald,  B.  of  Worcester,  C. 


Tke  Calendar. 


MARCH. 

1.  St.  Albinus,  B.,  C.;   St.  David. 

2.  St.  Simplicius,  P.,  C. 

3.  St.  Cunegunda,  V. 

4.  St.  Casimir,  C. 

5.  St.  Phocas,  M. 

6.  St.  Victor,  M.;  St.  Fridolin,  C. 

7.  St.  Thomas  Aquinas,  C.,  D. 

8.  St.  John  of  God,  C. 

9.  St.  Frances  of  Rome,  W.;   St.  Catharine  of  Bologna,  V. 

10.  The  Forty  Martyrs  of  Sebaste. 

11.  St.  Eulogius,  Pr.,  M. 

12.  St.  Gregory  the  Great,  P.,  D. 

13.  St.  Euphrasia,  V. 

14.  St.  Mathilda,  W. 

15.  St.  Longinus,  M. 

1 6.  St.  Abraham,  H. 

17.  St.  Patrick,  B.,  Ap.  of  Ireland. 

18.  St.  Gabriel,  Archangel;   St.  Cyril  of  Jerusalem. 

19.  ST.  JOSEPH,  SPOUSE  or  THE  B.  V.  M.,  Patron  of  the  Universal 

Church. 

20.  St.  Cuthbert,  B.,  C. 

21.  St.  Benedict,  Ab. 

22.  St.  Basil,  Pr.,  M.;   St.  Catharine  of  Sweden,  V. 

23.  St.  Turibius,  B.  of  Lima,  C. 

24.  St.  Simon,  an  infant  Martyr  at  Trent.;  St.  Irenaeus,  B. 

25.  ANNUNCIATION  OF  THE  B.  V.  M. 

26.  St.  Ludger,  B.,  C. 

27.  St.  John  Damascene,  B.,  D.;  St.  Robert,  B.,  C. 

28.  St.  Guntran,  K.,  C.;  St.  John  Capistrano,  C. 

29.  St.  Eustace,  A. 

30.  St.  John  Climacus,  Ab. 

31.  St.  Balbina,  V. 


2'he  Calendar. 


APRIL. 

1.  St.  Hugh,  B.  of  Grenoble,  C. 

2.  St.  Francis  of  Paola,  C. 

3.  St.  Richard,  B.,  C. 

4.  St.  Isidore,  B.  of  Seville,  D. 

5.  St.  Vincent  Ferrer,  C. 

6.  St.  Celestine  I.,  P.,  C. 

7.  St.  Hegesippus,  C. 

8.  St.  Dionysius,  B.  of  Corinth. 

9.  St.  Mary  of  Egypt. 

10.  St.  Macarius,  B.  of  Antioch,  C. 
n.  St.  Leo  the  Great,  P.,  D. 

12.  St.  Victor,  M. 

13.  St.  Hermenegild,  M. 

14.  SS.  Tiburtius,  Valerian,  and  Maximus,  MM.;  St.  Justin,  M.; 

St.  Lidwina,  V. 

15.  SS.  Basilissa  and  Anastasia,  MM. 

1 6.  St.  Lambert,  M.;   Benedict  Joseph  Labre,  C. 

17.  St.  Anicetus,  P.,  M. 

18.  St.  Perfectus,  Pr.,  M.;    Bl.  Mary  of  the  Incarnation. 

19.  St.  Timon,  D.,  M.;   St.  Werner,  M. 

20.  St.  Agnes  of  Montepulciano,  Ab.,  V.;   Bl.  Gerard,  C. 

21.  St.  Anselm,  B.  of  Canterbury,  D. 

22.  SS.  Soter  and  Caius,  Popes,  MM. 

23.  St.  George,  M. 

24.  St.  Fidelis  of  Sigmaringen,  M. 

25.  St.  MARK  THE  EVANGELIST — The  great  Litany. 

26.  St.  Cletus  and  Marcellinus,  Popes,  MM.;  Our  Lady  of  Good 

Counsel. 

27.  St.  John,  Ab.,  C.;  St.  Turibius  de  Mogrovejo,  B.,  C. 

28.  St.  Vitalis,  M.;   St.  Paul  of  the  Cross. 

29.  St.  Peter,  M. 

30.  St.  Catharine  of  Sienna,  V. 


The  Calendar.  19 


MAY. 

• 

1.  SS.  PHILIP  AND  JAMES,  APOSTLES. 

2.  St.  Athanasius,  B.  of  Alexandria,  D. 

3.  FINDING  or  THE  HOLY  CROSS. 

4.  St.  Monica,  W.;  Bl.  John  Fisher,  Thomas  More  and  Comps 

5.  St.  Pius,  V.,  P.,  C. 

6.  St.  John  the  Apostle,  before  the  Latin  Gate. 

7.  St.  Stanislaus,  B.,  M. 

8.  Apparition  of  St.  Michael  the  Archangel. 

9.  St.  Gregory  Nazianzen,  B.,  D. 
10.  St.  Antoninus,  B.  of  Florence. 
u.  St.  Mamertus,  B.  of  Vienna,  C. 

12.  SS.  Nereus  and  Achilleus,  MM. 

13.  St.  John  the  Silent,  H.  -fc 

14.  St.  Boniface,  M. 

15.  St.  Torquatus  and  Comps.,  MM. 

16.  St.  Ubald,  B. 

17.  St.  Paschal  Baylon,  C. 

18.  St.  Venantius,  M. 

19.  St.  Peter  Celestine,  P.;   St.  Pudentiana,  V. 

20.  St.  Bernardine  of  Sienna,  C. 

21.  St.  Valens,  B.,  M. 

22.  St.  John  Nepomucene,  M.;  St.  John  Baptist  De  La  Salle. 

23.  St.  Desiderius,  B  ,  M. 

24.  Feast  of  B.  V.  M.,  as  Help  of  Christians. 

25.  St.  Gregory  VII.,  P.,  C. 

26.  St.  Philip  Neri,  C. 

27.  St.  Bede,  C.,  D. 

28.  St.  Germanus,  B.  of  Paris,  C.;   St.  Augustine  of  Canterbury, 

B.,  C. 

29.  St.  Mar}'  Magdalen  of  Pazzi,  V. 

30.  St.  Felix,  P.,  M. 

31.  St.  Petronilla,  V.;  St.  Angela  Merici,  V. 


2o  The  Calendar. 


JUNE. 

* 

i    St.  Pamphilus,  Pr.,  M. 

2.  SS.  Marcellinus,  Peter,  and  Erasmus,  MM.;    St.  Blandina, 

3.  St.  Clotilda,  Q.  of  France. 

4.  St.  Francis  Caracciolo,  C. 

5.  St.  Boniface,  B.,  Ap.  of  Germany. 

6.  St.  Norbert,  B.  of  Magdeburg. 

7.  St  Robert,  Ab. 

8.  St.  Medardus,  B.,  C.;    St.  William,  B.  of  York,  England. 

9.  SS.  Primus  and  Felicianus,  MM.;  St.  Columba  (Ireland). 
10.  St.  Margaret,  Q.  of  Scotland. 

it.  St.  Barnabas,  Ap. 

12.  St.  John  of  St.  Fagondez,  C. 

13.  St.  Anthony  of  Padua,  C. 

14.  St.  Basil  the  Great,  B.,  D. 

iv  SS.  Vitus,  Modestus,  and  Crescentia,  MM. 

1 6.  St.  John  Francis  Regis,  C. 

17.  St.  Avitus,  Pr.,  C. 

18.  SS.  Marcus  and  Marcellianus,  MM. 

19.  St.  Juliana  Falconieri,  V. 

20.  St.  Silverius,  P.,  M. 

21.  St.  Aloysius  Gonzaga,  C. 

22.  St.  Paulinus,  B.  of  Nola;   St.  Alban. 

23.  Vigil  of  Nativity  of  St.  John  the  Baptist 

24.  NATIVITY  OF  ST.  JOHN  THE  BAPTIST. 

25.  St.  William,  Ab. 

26.  SS.  John  and  Paul,  MM. 

27.  St.  Crescent,  B.,  M. 

28.  (Vigil.)  St.  Irensus,  B.,  M.;   St.  Leo  II.,  P. 

29.  SS.  PETER  AND  PAUL,  APOSTLES. 

30.  Commemoration  of  St.  Paul,  Ap. 


The  Calendar. 


JULY. 

1.  Octave  of  St.  John  the  Baptist. 

2.  VISITATION  OF  THE  BLESSED  VIRGIN  MARY. 

3.  St.  Eulogius  and  Comps.,  MM.;  St.  Paul  I.,  P. 

4.  St.  Flavian,  B.  of  Antioch. 

5.  St.  Athanasius,  D.,  M.;  St.  Anthony  Maria  Zaccarda,  C 

6.  Octave  of  SS.  Peter  and  Paul. 

7-  SS.  Cyrillus  and  Methodius,  B.,  C 

8.  St.  Elizabeth,  Q.  of  Portugal. 

9.  St.  Cyrillus,  B.  of  Gortyna,  M. 

10.  The  Seven  Brothers,  MM.;   SS.  Ruffina  and  Secunda,  V..  M 

11.  St.  Pius  I.,  P.,  M. 

12.  St.  John  Gualbert,  Ah. 
13    St.  Anacletus,  P.,  M. 

14.  St.  Bonaventure,  B.,  D. 

15,  St.  Henry,  Emp.,  C. 

r6.  OUR  LADY  OF  MOUNT  CARMEL.  •  • 

17.  St.  Alexius,  C.;   St.  Osmund. 

1 8.  St.  Camillus  of  Lellis,  C. 

19.  St.  Vincent  of  Paul,  C. 

20.  St.  Jerome  /Emilian,  C.;   St.  Margaret,  V,  M 

21.  St.  Praxedes,  V. 

22  St.  Mary  Magdalen,  Pen. 

23  St.  Apollinaris,  B.,  M.;   St.  Liborlus. 

24.  (Vigil.)  St.  Christina,  V.,  M.;   St.  Francis  Solanus,  C 

25.  ST.  JAMES  THE  APOSTLE;  St.  Christopher,  M. 

26.  St.  Anna,  Mother  of  the  Blessed  Virgin 

27.  St.  Pantaleon,  M. 

28.  SS.  Nazarius,  Celsus,  and  others,  MM. 

29.  St.  Martha,  V. 

30.  SS.  Abdon  and  Sennen,  MM. 

31.  St.  Ignatius  de  Loyola,  Founder  of  the  Society  of  Jesus. 


22  'J-he  Calendar, 


AUGUST. 

1.  St.  Peter's  Chains. 

2.  St.  Alphonsus  M.  Liguori,  B.,  D. 

3.  Finding  of  the  Relics  of  St.  Stephen,  first  M. 

4.  St.  Dominic,  C. 

5.  Dedication  of  St.  Mary,  ad  Nives  (Our  Lady  of  the  Snow). 

6.  TRANSFIGURATION  OF  OUR  LORD. 

7.  St.  Cajetan,  C. 

8.  SS.  Cyriacus,  Largus,  and  Smaragdus,  MM. 

9.  St.  Romanus,  M. 
10.  St.  Lawrence,  M. 

n.  SS.  Tiburtius  and  Susanna,  MM. 

12.  St.  Clara,  V. 

13.  SS.  Hippolytus  and  Cassianus,  MM. 

14.  (Vigil  with  fast.)     St.  Eusebius,  C. 

15.  ASSUMPTION  OF  THE  BLESSED  VIRGIN  MARY 

16.  St.  Hyacinthus,  C. 

17.  Octave  of  St.  Lawrence. 

18.  St.  Agapitus,  M.;    St.  Helen. 

19.  St.  Lewis,  B.  of  Toulouse,  C. 

20.  St.  Bernard,  Ab.,  D. 

21.  St.  Jane  Frances  de  Chantal,  \V. 

22.  Octave  of  the  Assumption;   St.  Timothy  and  Comps.,  M. 

23.  (Vigil.)  St.  Philip  Beniti,  C. 

24.  ST.  BARTHOLOMEW,  AP. 

25.  St.  Louis,  K.  of  France,  C. 

26.  St.  Zephyrinus,  P.,  M. 

27.  St.  Joseph  Calasanctius,  C. 

28.  St.  Augustine,  B.,  D. 

29-  Beheading  of  St.  John  the  Baptist;    St.  Sabina,  M. 

30.  St.  Rose  of  Lima,  V. 

31.  St.  Raymund  Nonnatus,  C. 

On  the  Sunday  within  the  Octave  of  the  Assumption    the  feast  rj 
ST.  JOACHIM,  the  father  of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary. 


The  Calendar.  23 


SEPTEMBER. 

I.  St.  Giles,  Ab.;  St.  Odo  of  Canterbury. 
2    St  Stephen,  K.  of  Hungary,  C. 

3.  St.  Simeon  Stylites,  C.;  St.  Michael  of  the  Saints. 

4.  St.  Rosalia,  V.;  St.  Rose  of  Viterbo. 

5.  St.  Lawrence  Justinian,  B.  of  Venice. 

6.  St.  Pambo  of  Nitria,  A. 

7.  St.  Regina,  V.,  M. 

8.  NATIVITY  OF  THE  BLESSED  VIRGIN  MARY. 

9.  St.  Gorgonius,  M. 

10.  St.  Nicholas  Tolentino,  C. 

11.  SS.  Protus  and  Hyacinthus,  MM.;  St.  Louis  Bertrand. 

12.  St.  Juventius,  B.,  D. 

13.  St.  Amatus,  Ab. 

14.  EXALTATION  OF  THE  HOLY  CROSS. 

15.  St.  Nicomedes,  M. 

16.  SS.  Cornelius,  P.,  and  Cyprian,  B.,  MM.;   St.  Euphemia  and 

Comps.,  MM. 

17.  Stigmata  of  St.  Francis  of  Assisi. 

18.  St.  Joseph  of  Cupertino,  C. 

19.  St.  Januarius.  B.,  and  Comps.,  MM. 

20.  (Vigil.)  St.  Eustachius  and  Comps.,  MM. 

21.  ST.  MATTHEW,  AP. 

22.  St.  Thomas  of  Villanova,  C. 

23.  St.  Linus,  P.,  M. 

24.  Our  Lady  of  Mercy. 

25.  St.  Cleophas,  M 

26.  SS.  Cyprian  and  Justina,  MM. 

27.  SS.  Cosmas  and  Damian,  MM. 

28.  St.  Wenceslaus,  Duke  of  Bohemia,  M. 

29.  ST.  MICHAEL  THE  ARCHANGEL.     (Dedication.) 

30.  St.  Jerome,  Pr.,  D. 


24  The  Calendar. 


OCTOBER. 

1.  St.  Remigius,  B.  of  Rheims. 

2.  THE  HOLY  GUARDIAN  ANGELS. 

3.  St.  Candidus,  M.;   St.  Thomas  of  Hereford. 
4    St.  Francis  of  Assisi,  C. 

5.  St.  Placidus  and  Comps.,  MM. 

6.  St.  Bruno,  C. 

7.  St.  Mark,  P.,  C. 

8.  St.  Bridget,  W. 

9.  St.  Dionysius  and  Comps,  MM. 

10.  St.  Francis  Borgia,  C. 

11.  St.  Germanus,  B.,  M. 

12.  St.  Wilfrid,  B.,  C. 

13.  St.  Edward,  K.  of  England,  C. 

14.  St.  Callistus,  P.,  M. 

15.  St.  Teresa,  V. 

16.  St.  Lullus,  B.  of  Mentz;  St.  Gall. 

17.  St.  Hedwig,  \V.;  Bl.  Margaret  Mary  Alacoque 

18.  ST.  LUKE  THE  EVANGELIST. 

19.  St.  Peter  of  Alcantara,  C. 

20.  St.  John  Cantius,  C. 

21.  St.  Hilarion,  Ab.;    St.  Ursula  and  Comps.,  MM. 

22.  St.  Mark,  B.  of  Jerusalem,  M. 

23.  St.  Ignatius,  B.  of  Constantinople,  M. 

24.  St.  Raphael  the  Archangel. 

25.  SS.  Chrysanthus  and  Daria,  MM.;  St.  John  of  Beverly 

26.  St.  Evaristus,  P.,  M. 

27.  Vigil  of  SS.  Simon  and  Jude. 

28.  SS.  SIMON  AND  JUDE,  APOSTLES. 

29.  St.  Theodorus,  Ab. 

30.  St.  Serapion,  B.,  C.;  Bl.  Alphonsus  Rodriguez. 

31.  Vigil  of  All  Saints,  with  fast.;  St.  Wolfgang. 


The  Calendar.  25 


NOVEMBER. 

1.  FEAST  OF  ALL  SAINTS. 

2.  COMMEMORATION  OF  ALL  SOULS. 

3.  St.  Malachy,  B.  of  Armagh;  St.  Winefride,  V.,  M. 

4.  St.  Charles  Borromeo,  B.,  C. 

5.  St.  Elizabeth,  Mother  of  St.  John  the  Baptist. 

6.  St.  Leonard,  H. 

7.  St.  Engelbert,  B.,  M. 

8.  Octave  of  All  Saints. 

9.  Dedication  of  the  Lateran  Church. 

10.  St.  Andrew  Avellino,  C. 

11.  St.  Martin,  B.  of  Tours. 

12.  St  Martin  I.,  P.,  M. 

13.  St.  Stanislaus  Kostka. 

14.  St.  Josaphat,  M.;  St.  Laurence  O'Toole  (Ireland). 

15.  St.  Gertrude,  V. 

16.  St.  Edmund,  B.,  C.  (Canterbury). 

17.  St.  Gregory  Thaumaturgus,  B. 

18.  Dedication  of  Churches  of  SS.  Peter  and  Paul. 

19.  St.  Elizabeth  of  Hungary,  W. 

20.  St.  Felix  of  Valois,  C. 

21.  PRESENTATION  OF  THE  B.  V.  M.;  St.  Oswin,  M. 

22.  St.  Cecilia,  V.,  M. 
23    St.  Clement,  P.,  M. 

24.  St.  John  of  the  Cross,  C.;  St.  Columbanus  (Ireland). 

25.  St.  Catharine,  V.,  M.;  St.  Leonard  of  Port  Maurice. 

26.  St.  Peter,  B.  of  Alexandria;  St.  Silvester,  Ab 

27.  St.  Severinus,  H. 

28.  St.  Gregory  III.,  P.,  C. 

29.  (Vigil.)  St.  Saturninus,  M.;  St.  Willibrord,  C.,  B. 

30.  ST.  ANDREW  THE  APOSTLE. 


26  The  Calendar. 


DECEMBER. 

1.  St.  Eligius,  B.,  C. 

2.  St.  Bibiana,  V.,  M.;  St.  Theodoret,  M. 

3.  St.  Francis  Xavier,  C. 

4.  St.  Peter  Chrysologus,  B.,  D.;  St.  Barbara,  V.,  M. 

5.  St.  Sabbas,  Ab. 

6.  St.  Nicholas,  B.  of-Myra. 

7.  St.  Ambrose,  B.  of  Milan,  D. 

8.  IMMACULATE  CONCEPTION  OF  THE  B.  V.  M. 

9.  St.  Leocadia,  V.,  M. 

10.  St.  Melchiades,  P.,  M.;    Translation  of  the  Holy  House  oi 

Loretto. 

11.  St.  Damasus,  P.,  M. 

12.  St.  Synesius,  M. 

13.  St.  Lucy,  V.,  M. 

14.  St.  Spiridion,  B.,  C. 

15.  Octave  of  the  Immaculate  Conception  of  the  B.  V.  M. 

16.  St.  Eusebius,  B.,  M. 

17.  St.  Olympias,  W. 

18.  Expectation  of  the  Delivery  of  the  B.  V.  M.;  St.  Odo  of  Cluny 

19.  St.  Timothy,  D.,  M. 

20.  (Vigil.)  St.  Dominic,  Ab. 

21.  ST.  THOMAS  THE  APOSTLE. 

22.  St.  Ischyrion,  M.;  St.  Felix  of  Valois. 
23    St.  Victoria,  V.,  M. 

24.  Vigil  with  Fast. 

25.  NATIVITY  OF  OUR  LORD. 

26.  ST.  STEPHEN,  FIRST  MARTYR. 

27.  ST.  JOHN,  APOSTLE  AND  EVANGELIST. 

28.  Holy  Innocents. 

29.  St.  Thomas,  B.  of  Canterbury,  M. 

30.  St.  Sabinus,  B.,  and  Comps.,  MM. 

31.  St.  Sylvester,  P.,  C. 


Some  flDovable  Jfeasts  of  Special  H)evo* 
tion. 


HOLY  NAME  OF  JESUS  ....   Second  Sunday  after  Epiph 
any. 

PASSION  OF  OUR  LORD.  .  .  .  Friday   after   Quinquages- 

ima. 

HOLY  CROWN  OF  THORNS.  .   Friday  after  First  Sunday  in 

Lent. 

SPEAR  AND  NAILS Friday  after  Second   Sun 
day  in  Lent. 

FIVE  WOUNDS Friday  after  Third  Sunday 

in  Lent. 

MOST  PRECIOUS  BLOOD.  .  .    Friday  after  Fourth  Sunday 

in  Lent. 

SEVEN  SORROWS     OF    THE 

BLESSED  VIRGIN  MARY.  .  Friday  after  Passion  Sun 
day. 

PATRONAGE  OF  ST.  JOSEPH.  Third  Sunday  after  Easter. 

CORPUS  CHRISTI Thursday  after  Trinity  Sun 
day. 

SACRED  HEART  OF  JESUS.  .    Friday  after  Octave  of  Cor 
pus  Christi. 

MOST  PRECIOUS  BLOOD.  .  . .  First  Sunday  of  July. 

HOLY  NAME  OF  MARY Sunday  within  the  Octave 

of    the    Nativity    of    the 
Blessed  Virgin  Mary. 

SEVEN    SORROWS    OF    THE 

BLESSED  VIRGIN  MARY.  .  Third  Sunday  of  September. 

HOLY  ROSARY First  Sunday  of  October. 

PATRONAGE   OF    THE 

BLESSED  VIRGIN  MARY  .  .  Second  Sunday  of  Novem 
ber. 
27 


1.  THE  FRIDAYS  OF  ADVENT.     (Not  in  all  Provinces.) 

2.  EVERY  DAY  IN  LENT;  except  Sundays. 

3.  THE    FOUR   EMBER-DAYS,    viz.,    the    Wednesday, 
Friday,  and  Saturday  following — (i)  the  first  Sunday  in 
Lent;  (2)  Whitsunday;  (3)  the  fourteenth  day  of  Sep 
tember;  and  (4)  the  third  Sunday  of  Advent. 

4.  THE  VIGILS  of  Whitsunday,  of  the  Assumption,  of 

All  Saints,  and  of  Christmas. 

Note. — When  a  fasting-day  falls  upon  a  Sunday,  it  is  kept  on 
the  Saturday  previous. 


feasts  of  ©blfsatfon  in  tbe 
States. 


1.  THE  CIRCUMCISION  OF  OUR  LORD,  or  New  Year's 

Day. 

2.  THE  ASCENSION  OF  OUR  LORD,  or  the  Thursday 

forty  days  after  Easter. 

3.  THE  ASSUMPTION  OF  THE  BLESSED  VIRGIN  MARY, 

August  i  $th. 

4.  ALL  SAINTS'  DAY,  November  ist. 

5.  THE  IMMACULATE  CONCEPTION  OF  THE  BLESSED 

VIRGIN  MARY,  December  8th. 

6.  THE  NATIVITY  OF  OUR  LORD,  or  Christmas  Day, 

December  25th. 

ALL  THE  SUNDAYS  OF  THE  YEAR. 
28 


liable  of  /iDotmble  feasts. 


The  Year 
of 
Our  Lord. 

Ash- 
Wednesday. 

Ea«ter  Sunday. 

AscensioH 
Day. 

Whitsunday. 

First 

Sunday 

Advent. 

1902 

Feb.  12 

Mar.  30 

May     8 

May  18 

Nov.  30 

1903 

Feb.  25 

Apr.  12 

May  21 

May  31 

Nov.  29 

1904 

Feb.  17 

Apr.    3 

May  12 

May  22 

Nov.  27 

1905 

Mar.   8 

Apr.  23 

Juue   1 

June  11 

Dec.    3 

1906 

Feb.  28 

Apr.  15 

May  24 

June   3 

Dec.    2 

1907 

Feb.  13 

Mar.  31 

May    9 

May  19 

Dee.    1 

1908 

Mar.    4 

Apr.  19 

May  28 

June    7 

Nov.  29 

1909 

Feb.  24 

Apr.  11 

May  20 

May  30 

Nov.  28 

1910 

Feb.    9 

Mar.  27 

May     5 

May  15 

Nov.  27 

1911 

Mar.    1 

Apr.  16 

May  25 

June   4 

Dec.    3 

1912 

Feb.  21 

Apr.    7 

May  16 

May  26 

Dec.    1 

1913 

Feb.    5 

Mar.  23 

May     1 

May  11 

Nov.  30 

1914 

Feb.  25 

Apr.  12 

May  21 

May  31 

Nov.  29 

1915 

Feb.  17 

Apr.    4 

May   13 

May  23 

Nov.  23 

1916 

Mar.    8 

Apr.  23 

June   1 

June  11 

Dec.    3 

1917 

Feb.  21 

Apr.    8 

May  17 

May  27 

Dec.    2 

1918 

Feb.  13 

Mar.  31 

May     9 

May  19 

Dec.    1 

1919 

Mar.    5 

Apr.  20 

May  29 

June   8 

Nov.  30 

1920 

Feb.  18 

Apr.    4 

May  13 

May  23 

Nov.  23 

1921 

Feb.    9 

Mar.  27 

May    5 

May  15 

Nov.  27 

1922 

Mar.    1 

Apr.  16 

May  25 

June  4 

Dec.    3 

1923 

Feb.  14 

Apr.    1 

May  10 

May  20 

Dec.    2 

1924 

Mar.    5 

Apr.  80 

May  29 

June   8 

Nov.  SO 

1925 

Feb.  25 

Apr.  12 

May  21 

May  31 

Nov.  29 

1926 

Feb.  17 

Apr.    4 

May  13 

May  23 

Nov.  28 

1927 

Mar.   2 

Apr.  17 

May  26 

June   5 

Nov.  27 

1928 

Feb.  22 

Apr.    8 

May  17 

May  27 

Dec.    2 

29 


BOOK  I. 


flDefcttatfon,  prater,  anfc  tbe  particular 
Bjamen. 


THE  APOSTLES'  CREED. 

BELIEVE  in  God,  the  Father  almighty,  Creator  of 
heaven  and  earth;  and  in  Jesus  Christ,  His  only 
Son,  our  Lord;  who  was  conceived  by  the  Holy  Ghost, 
born  of  the  Virgin  Mary,  suffered  under  Pontius  Pilate, 
was  crucified :  died,  and  was  buried.  He  descended  into 
hell:  the  third  day  He  arose  again  from  the  dead:  He  as 
cended  into  heaven,  sitteth  at  the  right  hand  of  God,  the 
Father  almighty;  from  thence  He  shall  come  to  judge 
the  living  and  the  dead.  I  believe  in  the  Holy  Ghost, 
the  Holy  Catholic  Church,  the  communion  of  saints,  the 
f  >rgiveness  of  sins,  the  resurrection  of  the  body,  and  the 
life  everlasting.  Amen. 

CREED  OF  ST.  ATHANASIUS. 

/TJ-fHOSOEVER  will  be  saved,  before  all  things  it  is 
^%A>    necessary  that  he  hold  the  Catholic  faith. 

Which  faith,  except  every  one  do  keep  entire  and  invio 
late,  without  doubt  :^e  shall  perish  everlastingly. 

Now  the  Catholic  faith  is  this,  that  we  worship  one  God 
m  Trinity,  and  Trinity  in  Unity. 

Neither  confounding  the  Persons,  nor  dividing  the  sub 
stance. 

For  there  is  one  Person  of  the  Father,  another  of  the 
Son,  another  of  the  Holy  Ghost. 

33 


34  The  Creeds. 

But  the  Godhead  of  the  Father,  and  of  the  Son,  and  of 
the  Holy  Ghost,  is  all  one;  the  glory  equal,  the  majesty 
coeternal. 

Such  as  the  Father  is,  such  is  the  Son,  and  such  is  the 
Holy  Ghost. 

The  Father  uncreate,  the  Son  uncreate,  the  Holy  Ghost 
uncreate. 

The  Father  incomprehensible,  the  Son  incomprehen 
sible,  the  Holy  Ghost  incomprehensible. 

The  Father  eternal,  the  Son  eternal,  the  Holy  Ghost 
eternal. 

And  yet  they  are  not  three  eternals,  but  one  eternal. 

As  also  they  are  not  three  uncreates,  nor  three  incom- 
prehensibles;  but  one  uncreate,  and  one  incomprehen 
sible. 

In  like  manner  the  Father  is  Almighty,  the  Son  A. 
mighty,  and  the  Holy  Ghost  Almighty. 

And  yet  they  are  not  three  Almighties,  but  one  Al 
mighty. 

So  the  Father  is  God,  the  Son  God,  and  the  Holy  Ghost 
God. 

And  yet  they  are  not  three  Gods,  but  one  God. 

So  likewise  the  Father  is  Lord,  the  Son  is  Lord,  and  the 
Holy  Ghost  is  Lord. 

And  yet  they  are  not  three  Lords,  but  one  Lord. 

For  like  as  we  are  compelled  by  the  Christian  verity  to 
acknowledge  every  Person  by  Himself  to  be  God  and 
Lord: 

So  we  are  forbidden  by  the  Catholic  religion  to  say 
there  are  three  Gods  or  three  Lords. 

The  Father  is  made  of  none,  neither  created,  nor  be 
gotten. 

The  Son  is  from  the  Father  alone,  not  made,  nor  cre 
ated,  but  begotten. 

The  Holy  Ghost  is  from  the  Father  and  the  Son,  not 
made,  nor  created,  nor  begotten,  but  proceeding. 

So  there    is  one    Father,    not    three    Fathers;     one 


The  Creeds.  35 

Son,  not  three  Sons;  one  Holy  Ghost,  not  three  Holy 
Ghosts. 

And  in  this  Trinity  there  is  nothing  before  or  after 
nothing  greater  or  less;  but  the  whole  three  Persons  are 
coeternal  together,  and  coequal. 

So  that  in  all  things,  as  is  aforesaid,  the  Unity  is  to  be 
worshipped  in  Trinity,  and  the  Trinity  in  Unity. 

He,  therefore,  that  will  be  saved,  must  thus  think  of  the 
Trinity. 

Furthermore,  it  is  necessary  to  everlasting  salvation, 
that  he  also  believe  rightly  the  Incarnation  of  Our  Lord 
Jesus  Christ. 

Now  the  right  faith  is,  that  we  believe  and  confess  that 
Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  the  Son  of  God,  is  both  God  and 
man. 

He  is  God  of  the  substance  of  His  Father,  begotten 
before  the  world ;  and  He  is  man  of  the  substance  of  His 
Mother,  born  in  the  world: 

Perfect  God  and  perfect  man;  of  reasonable  soul  and 
human  flesh  subsisting. 

Equal  to  the  Father  according  to  His  Godhead;  and 
less  than  +he  Father  according  to  His  manhood. 

Who,  although  He  be  both  God  and  man,  yet  He  is  not 
two  but  one  Christ: 

One,  not  by  the  conversion  of  the  Godhead  into  flesh, 
but  by  the  taking  of  the  manhood  unto  God: 

One  altogether,  not  by  confusion  of  substance,  but  by 
unity  of  person. 

For  as  the  reasonable  soul  and  the  flesh  is  one  man,  so 
God  and  man  is  one  Christ. 

Who  suffered  for  our  salvation,  descended  into  hell, 
rose  again  the  third  day  from  the  dead. 

He  ascended  into  heaven ;  He  sitteth  at  the  right  hand 
of  God  the  Father  almighty;  from  whence  He  shall  come 
to  judge  the  living  and  the  dead. 

At  Whose  coming  all  men  shall  rise  again  with  their 
bodies,  and  shall  give  an  account  of  their  own  works. 


36  The  Creeds. 

And  they  that  have  done  good  shall  go  into  life  ever 
lasting:  and  they  that  have  done  evil,  into  everlasting  fire. 

This  is  the  Catholic  faith,  which  except  a  man  believe 
faithfully  and  steadfastly,  he  can  not  be  saved. 

Glory  be  to  the  Father,  and  to  the  Son,  and  to  the  Holy 
Ghost. 

As  it  was  in  the  beginning,  is  now  ..and  ever  shall  be, 
world  without  end.  Amen. 

NICENE  CREED. 

I  BELIEVE  in  one  God,  the  Father  almighty,  Maker 
of  heaven  and  earth,  and  of  all  things  visible  and 
invisible. 

And  in  one  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  the  only-begotten  Son 
of  God,  born  of  the  Father  before  all  ages.  God  of  God; 
Light  of  light;  true  God  of  true  God;  begotten,  not  made; 
consubstantial  with  the  Father,  by  Whom  all  things  were 
made.  Who  for  us  men,  and  for  our  salvation,  came 
down  from  heaven,  and  was  incarnate  by  the  Holy  Ghost 
of  the  Virgin  Mary:  AND  WAS  MADE  MAN.  {Kneel  in 
reverence  of  Christ's  Incarnation.]  He  was  crucified  also 
for  us,  suffered  under  Pontius  Pilate,  and  was  buried. 
The  third  day  He  rose  again  according  to  the  Scriptures; 
and  ascended  into  heaven,  and  sitteth  at  the  right  hand 
of  the  Father:  and  He  shall  come  again  with  glory  to 
judge  both  the  living  and  the  dead:  of  Whose  kingdom 
there  shall  be  no  end. 

And  I  believe  in  the  Holy  Ghost,  the  Lord  and  Life- 
giver,  Who  proceedeth  from  the  Father  and  the  Son :  Who 
together  with  the  Father  and  the  Son  is  adored  and  glori 
fied  :  Who  spake  by  the  prophets.  And  one  Holy,  Catho 
lic,  and  Apostolic  Church.  I  confess  one  baptism  for 
the  remission  of  sins.  And  I  look  for  the  resurrection  of 
the  dead,  and  the  life  of  the  world  to  come.  Amen. 


Profession  of  Faith  for  Converts.  37 


PROFESSION  OF  FAITH  AT  THE  RECEPTION  OF  CONVERTS 
INTO  THE  CATHOLIC  CHURCH. 

ur',  N.N.,  having  before  my  eyes  the  holy  Gospels,  which 
«-*•>'  I  touch  with  my  hand,  and  knowing  that  no  one  can 
be  saved  without  that  faith  which  the  Holy,  Catholic, 
Apostolic  Roman  Church  holds,  believes,  and  teaches, 
against  which  I  grieve  that  I  have  greatly  erred,  inasmuch 
as  I  have  held  and  believed  doctrines  opposed  to  her 
teaching. 

I  now,  with  grief  and  contrition  for  my  past  errors, 
profess  that  I  believe  the  Holy,  Catholic,  Apostolic  Ro 
man  Church  to  be  the  only  and  true  Church  *  established 

*  Out  oj  the  Catholic  Church  none  can  be  saved.  This  propo 
sition,  which  highly  displeases  all  sectarians  and  infidels,  is  not 
only  clearly  established  by  the  authority  of  Scripture,  and  by  the 
perpetual  and  constant  belief  of  the  Catholic  Church,  but  it  is 
also  evident  from  reason  itself,  so  that  one  must  needs  be  blind 
who  does  not  perceive  its  truth.  This,  however,  applies  only  to 
those  persons  who  cuipably  and  wilfully  adhere  to  heresy,  or 
schism,  or  infidelity,  but  by  no  means  to  those  who  have  been 
imbued  with  errors  and  prejudices  from  their  earliest  years,  and 
to  whom  not  even  a  doubt  occurs  that  they  are  involved  in  heresy 
or  schism,  or  who,  if  any  doubt  arises  in  their  minds,  earnestly 
and  sincerely  seek  after  the  truth;  such  persons  we  leave  to  the 
judgment  of  God,  to  whom  it  belongs  to  penetrate  and  search 
the  thoughts  and  dispositions  of  hearts.  For  it  is  incompatible 
with  the  divine  goodness  and  clemency  that  any  one  should  suffer 
eternal  torments  who  is  not  guilty  of  a  wilful  transgression.  To 
assert  the  contrary  would  be  against  the  express  doctrine  of  the 
Church. 

"Let  us  hear  St.  Augustine:  'We  must  not,'  says  he,  'class 
among  heretics  those  persons  who,  without  wilful  obstinacy,  main 
tain  a  false  and  perverse  doctrine,  especially  if  it  is  not  the^off- 
spring  of  their  bold  presumption,  but  a  legacy  from  their  deceived 
and  mistaken  parents,  and  who  search  after  the  truth  with  earnest 
care,  being  disposed  to  renounce  their  error  as  soon  as  they  are 
apprised  of  it.' — Epist.  43,  Edit.  Benedict,  alias  162.  A  long  list 

of  other  Fathers  might  be  cited  who  are  of  the  same  opinion It 

follows  from  what  has  been  said  that  every  one  is  bound,  to  the 
best  of  his  power,  to  consider  the  doub*9  which  sometimes  occur 


38  Profession  of  Faith  for  Converts, 

on  earth  by  Jesus  Christ,  to  which  I  submit  myself  with 
my  whole  heart.  I  believe  all  the  articles  that  she  pro 
poses  to  my  belief,  and  I  reject  and  condemn  all  that  she 
rejects  and  condemns,  and  I  am  ready  to  observe  all  that 
she  commands  me.  And  especially,  I  profess  that  I 
believe : 

One  only  God  in  three  divine  Persons,  distinct  from, 
and  equal  to,  each  other — that  is  to  say,  the  Father,  the 
Son,  and  the  Holy  Ghost: 

The  Catholic  doctrine  of  the  Incarnation,  Passion, 
Death,  and  Resurrection  of  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ:  and 
the  personal  union  of  the  two  natures,  the  divine  and  the 
human ;  the  divine  maternity  of  the  most  holy  Mary,  to 
gether  with  her  most  spotless  virginity; 

The  true,  real,  and  substantial  presence  of  the  body 
and  blood,  together  with  the  soul  and  divinity  of  Our 
Lord  Jesus  Christ,  in  the  Most  Holy  Sacrament  of  the 
Eucharist ; 

The  seven  sacraments  instituted  by  Jesus  Christ  for 
the  salvation  of  mankind;  that  is  to  say,  Baptism,  Con 
firmation,  Eucharist,  Penance,  Extreme  Unction,  Order, 
Matrimony; 

Purgatory,  the  resurrection  of  the  dead,  everlasting  life; 

The  Primacy,  not  only  of  honor,  but  also  of  jurisdic 
tion  of  the  Roman  Pontiff,  successor  of  St.  Peter,  Prince 
of  the  Apostles,  Vicar  of  Jesus  Christ; 

The  veneration  of  the  saints,  and  of  their  images; 

The  authority  of  the  apostolic  and  ecclesiastical  tra 
ditions,  and  of  the  Holy  Scriptures,  which  we  must  inter 
pret,  and  understand  only  in  the  sense  which  our  holy 
Mother  the  Catholic  Church  has  held,  and  does  hold; 

And  everything  else  that  has  been  defined,  and  declared 
by  the  sacred  Canons,  and  by  the  General  Councils,  and 

to  him,  and  to  investigate  the  truth,  and  when  he  has  found  it,  to 
embrace  it  without  delay;  unless  he  wish  to  live  under  an  habitual 
and  most  grievous  guilt,  and,  by  deferring  his  conversion,  expose 
himself  to  a  manifest  danger  of  eternal  damnation." 


Profession  of  Faith  for  Converts.  39 

particularly  by  the  holy  Council  of  Trent,  and  delivered, 
denned,  and  declared  by  the  General  Council  of  the  Vati 
can,  especially  concerning  the  Primacy  of  the  Roman 
Pontiff,  and  his  infallible  teaching  authority. 

With  a  sincere  heart,  therefore,  and  with  unfeigned 
faith,  I  detest  and  abjure  every  error,  heresy,  and  sect 
opposed  to  the  said  Holy,  Catholic,  and  Apostolic  Roman 
Church.  So  help  me  God,  and  these  His  holy  Gospels, 
which  I  touch  with  my  hand. 


prayer. 

"He  who  prayeth  shall  certainly  save  his  soul;  he  who 
prayeth  not  shall  certainly  lose  it." 


justly  celebrated  sentence  of  St.  Alphonsus 
Liguori,  who  may  well  be  called  the  "Doctor  of 
Prayer,"  finds  a  fitting  place  at  the  beginning  of  this 
book  of  devotions  for  Religious,  It  was  neither  lightly 
nor  by  chance  that  St.  Alphonsus  wrote  these  solemn 
words.  Their  truth  had  been  impressed  upon  his  mind 
during  his  long  experience  as  a  missionary  priest,  and  in 
confirmation  of  it  many  proofs  from  Holy  Writ  and  from 
tradition  are  adduced  by  the  holy  Doctor  in  his  treatise 
on  prayer. 

St.  Alphonsus  writes:  "Prayer  is  a  sure  and  indis 
pensable  means  of  obtaining  salvation  and  all  the  graces 
leading  thereto.  Convinced  as  I  am  of  the  necessity  of 
prayer,  I  say  that  all  books  treating  of  spiritual  subjects, 
all  preachers  in  their  sermons,  all  confessors  in  every 
confession  which  they  hear,  should  attach  the  greatest 
importance  to  inculcating  the  necessity  of  constant 
prayer  on  the  minds  of  their  readers  and  hearers,  and 
they  should  never  tire  of  impressing  it  on  them  and  of 
repeating  over  and  over  again:  Pray,  pray  always; 
if  you  pray,  you  will  certainly  save  your  souls  ;  if  you  do 
not  pray,  you  will  certainly  lose  them.  It  is  true  that 
many  excellent  ways  of  persevering  in  the  grace  of  God 
may  be  recommended  to  souls;  for  instance,  avoiding 
occasions  of  sin,  frequenting  the  sacraments,  resisting 
temptation,  listening  to  sermons,  meditating  on  the 

40 


Prayer.  41 

eternal  truths,  etc.,  all  of  which  are  most  salutary  prac 
tices,  as  every  one  must  admit;  but,  I  ask,  of  what  good 
are  sermons,  meditations,  and  the  other  means  suggested 
by  the  masters  of  the  spiritual  life,  without  prayer?  since 
Our  Lord  has  declared  that  He  will  only  grant  His  grace 
to  those  who  pray  for  it:  'Ask  and  ye  shall  receive'  (John 
yvi.  24) .  According  to  the  ordinary  course  of  Providence, 
all  our  meditations,  resolutions,  promises  are  useless  with 
out  prayer;  if  we  do  not  pray,  we  shall  always  be  faith 
less  to  the  lights  we  have  received  from  God  and  to  the 
resolutions  we  have  taken.  Because,  in  order  to  do  right, 
to  overcome  temptation,  to  practise  virtue,  to  observe 
God's  law,  it  is  not  sufficient  to  have  received  divine 
lights,  to  have  meditated,  and  to  have  taken  firm  reso 
lutions.  God's  actual  help  is  also  necessary.  Now,  this 
actual  help  is  only  granted  by  Our  Lord  to  those  who 
pray  perseveringly  for  it.  The  lights  we  receive,  and 
the  earnest  consideration  and  firm  resolutions  which  we 
make,  have  the  effect  of  inciting  us  to  have  recourse  to 
prayer  in  the  time  of  temptation  and  when  in  danger  of 
offending  God:  by  prayer  we  obtain  the  divine  help 
necessary  for  keeping  us  from  sin,  and  if,  under  these 
circumstances,  we  were  to  neglect  praying,  we  should 
undoubtedly  be  lost. 

"  The  texts  of  Scripture  which  prove  the  necessity  we 
are  under  of  praying,  if  we  wish  to  be  saved,  are  extremely 
clear:  '  We  ought  always  to  pray'  (Luke  xviii.  i).  'Watch 
ye,  and  pray  that  ye  enter  not  into  temptation '  (Matt. 
xxvi.  41).  'Ask,  and  it  shall  be  given  you'  (Matt. 
vii.  7). 

"  Theologians  are  of  opinion  that  this  way  of  speaking 
imposes  the  precept  and  denotes  the  necessity  of  prayer. 
Hence  the  learned  Lessius  asserts  that  it  can  not  be  denied, 
without  sinning  against  faith,  that  for  adults  prayer  is 
necessary  to  salvation. 

"  The  reason  of  this  is  that,  without  the  help  of  grace, 
we  can  do  nothing  good.  '  Without  Me,'  says  Jesus  Christ, 


42  Prayer. 

'  you  can  do  nothing '  (John  xv.  5) .  St.  Augustine  remarks 
on  this  subject  that  Our  Saviour  did  not  say,  You  can 
complete  nothing  without  Me;  but,  You  can  do  nothing. 
This  truth  was  proclaimed  at  the  second  Council  of 
Orange,  when  it  was  denned  that  man  does  no  good  thing 
except  what  God  enables  him  to  do  by  the  operations  of 
His  grace.  Man  is  therefore  quite  unable  to  work  out 
his  own  salvation  unassisted,  since  it  is  God's  will  that  all 
he  has  or  can  have  should  come  to  him  by  the  help  of 
grace.  Now,  this  grace  God  only  grants,  in  the  ordinary 
course  of  His  providence,  to  those  who  pray  for  it.  Ac 
cording  to  the  maxim  laid  down  by  Gennadius,  '  No  man 
can  attain  salvation  without  the  help  of  God;  no  man  can 
obtain  this  help  except  by  prayer.'  This  does  not  mean, 
says  St.  Thomas,  that  it  is  necessary  for  us  to  pray  in 
order  that  God  may  know  of  what  we  stand  in  need; 
but  that  we  must  pray  in  order  that  we  ourselves  may 
understand  our  need  of  having  recourse  to  God  to  obtain 
the  aid  necessary  for  our  salvation,  and  may  thus  acknowl 
edge  Him  as  the  only  author  of  all  our  good." 

NECESSITY    OF    PRAYER. 

TTTT'E  ought  aiways  to  pray,  and  not  to  faint. — Luke 
^J^  xviii.  i.  Watch  ye,  and  pray,  that  ye  enter  not 
into  temptation. — Matt.  xxvi.  41.  Ask  and  it  shall  be 
given  you. — Ibid.  vii.  7.  Without  Me  you  can  do  noth 
ing. — John  xv.  5.  Not  that  we  are  sufficient  to  think 
anything  of  ourselves  as  of  ourselves,  but  our  sufficiency 
is  from  God. — 2  Cor.  iii.  5.  God  bestows  some  favors 
without  prayer,  such  as  the  beginning  of  faith;  others, 
such  as  perseverance,  are  granted  only  to  those  who 
pray. — St.  Augustine.  To  enter  heaven,  continual 
prayer  is  necessary  after  baptism;  for  although  all  sins 
are  remitted  by  that  sacrament,  there  still  remain  concu 
piscence  to  assail  us  from  within,  and  the  world  and  the 
devil  to  attack  us  from  without. — St.  Thomas.  All  the 


Prayer.  43 

graces,  which  God  hath  prepared  for  us  from  all  eternity ; 
will  be  granted  only  to  prayer. — St.  Thomas.  God 
wishes  to  give,  but  He  gives  only  to  those  who  ask. — St. 
Augustine.  To  prayer  may  be  traced  the  beginning, 
the  progress,  and  the  perfection  of  all  virtues. — St. 
Charles  Borromeo.  Who  are  we,  or  what  is  our  strength, 
that  we  should  be  able  to  resist  so  many  temptations? 
God  certainly  wished,  that  we,  seeing  that  we  are  defi 
cient,  and  that  out  of  Him  there  is  no  assistance  for  us. 
should,  with  all  humility,  have  recourse  to  His  mercy.— 
St.  Bernard. 

EFFICACY    OF    PRAYER. 

*TT*SK,  and  it  shall  be  given  unto  you:  seek,  and  you 
<*?<•*->  shall  find:  knock,  and  it  shall  be  opened  to  you. 
— Matt.  vii.  7.  How  much  more  will  your  Father,  Who 
is  in  heaven,  give  good  things  to  them  that  ask  Him? — 
Ibid.  vii.  ii.  For  every  one  that  asketh,  receiveth;  and  he 
that  seeketh,  findeth. — Ibid.  vii.  8.  If  you  shall  ask  Me 
anything  in  My  name,  that  will  I  do. — John  xiv.  14.  You 
shall  ask  whatever  you  will,  and  it  shall  be  done  unto  you. 
—John  xv.  7.  Amen,  Amen,  I  say  to  you,  if  you  ask 
the  Father  anything  in  My  name,  He  will  give  it  you. — 
Ibid.  xvi.  23. — I  can  do  all  things  in  Him  Who  strength- 
eneth  me. — Phil.  iv.  13.  The  Lord  is  nigh  unto  all  them 
that  call  upon  Him;  to  all  that  call  upon  Him  in  truth. 
He  will  do  the  will  of  them  that  fear  Him,  and  He  will 
hear  their  prayer  and  save  them. — Ps.  cxliv.  18,  19.  By 
prayer  is  obtained  the  possession  of  every  good,  and  de 
liverance  from  every  evil. — St.  Bonaventure. 


CONDITIONS    OF   PRAYER. 

HE  most  necessary  conditions  of  prayer,  are  humility, 
confidence,  and  perseverance. — St.  Liguori.     He 
hath  regard  to  the  praver  of  the  humble. — Ps.  ci.  18. 


44  Prayer* 

God  resisteth  the  proud,  and  giveth  grace  to  the  humble. 
—St.  James  iv.  6.  The  prayer  of  him  that  humbleth 
himself  shall  pierce  the  clouds;  .  .  .  and  he  will  not 
depart  till  the  Most  High  behold. — Ecclus.  xxxv.  21. 
A  contrite  and  humble  heart,  O  God,  Thou  wilt  not  de 
spise. — Ps.  1.  19.  Thou  Who  savest  them  that  trust  in 
Thee. — Ibid.  xvi.  7.  Because  he  hath  hoped  in  Me,  ...  I 
will  deliver  him  and  I  will  glorify  him. — Ibid.  xc.  14,  15. 
But  they  that  hope  in  the  Lord,  shall  renew  their  strength. 
— Isaias  xl.  31.  No  one  hath  hoped  in  the  Lord,  and  hath 
been  confounded. — Ecclus.  ii.  n.  They  that  trust  in 
the  Lord,  shall  be  as  Mount  Sion. — Ps.  cxxiv.  i.  Let 
Thy  mercy,  O  Lord,  be  upon  us,  as  we  have  hoped  in 
Thee. — Ps.  xxxii.  22.  He  that  wavereth  is  like  a  wave  of 
the  sea,  which  is  moved  and  carried  about  by  the  wind. 
Therefore,  let  not  that  man  think  that  he  shall  receive 
anything  of  the  Lord. — St.  James  i.  6,  7.  Go;  and  as 
thou  hast  believed,  so  be  it  done  to  thee. — Matt.  viii.  13. 
All  things  whatsoever  you  ask,  when  ye  pray,  believe  that 
you  shall  receive;  and  they  shall  come  unto  you. — 
Mark  xi.  24.  God  protects  and  saves  all  who  confide  in 
Him. — St.  Liguori.  They  that  hope  in  the  Lord  shall 
lay  aside  their  weakness,  and  put  on  the  strength  of  God; 
they  shall  not  faint,  nor  even  be  fatigued,  in  treading  the 
rugged  ways  of  salvation. — Ibid.  Thou,  O  Lord,  dost 
not  pour  the  oil  of  mercy,  unless  into  vessels  of  confi 
dence. — St.  Bernard.  The  prayer  of  the  just  man  is  the 
key  of  heaven;  his  petition  ascends,  and  God's  mercy 
descends. — St.  Augustine.  Trusting  in  the  divine  prom 
ises,  let  us  ever  pray  with  confidence,  not  wavering, 
but  strong  and  firm. — St.  Liguori.  To  obtain  final 
perseverance,  we  must  continue  to  pray  to  the  end  of 
our  lives.  If,  by  our  negligence,  we  break  the  chain  of 
our  prayers,  the  chain  of  graces,  on  which  our  salvation 
depends,  will  also  be  broken. — Ibid.  Oh,  how  the  con 
stant  application  to  God  by  prayer,  and  the  confident 
expectation  of  receiving  from  Him  the  graces  we  stand 


For  What  and  for  Whom   We  Should  Pray.        45 

in  need  of,  enkindle  in  us  the  fire  of  divine  love,  and 
unite  us  to  the  divinity!— Ibid.  We  must  continue  to 
pray  until  we  receive  the  sentence  of  eternal  salvation. — 
Ibid. 

All  our  petitions  should  be  made  through  Our  Lord 
Jesus  Christ.  Ask  in  the  name  of  Jesus  Christ,  through 
His  merits,  and  in  virtue  0}  His  divine  promises. 


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.  ALPHONSUS  LIGUORI  insists  repeatedly  that 
in  all  our  devotions,  at  Mass,  at  holy  communion, 
in  all  our  visits  to  the  Blessed  Sacrament,  we  should 
pray  for  these  four  graces  for  ourselves,  viz.:  the  for 
giveness  of  our  sins,  the  love  of  God,  the  love  of  prayer. 
and  final  perseverance.  When  these  graces  are  secured, 
our  salvation  is  assured. 

Furthermore,  Religious  should,  in  all  their  prayers 
and  good  works,  unite  themselves  intimately  with  our 
holy  Mother  the  Church,  in  her  three  intentions: 

1.  To  glorify  God;  to  venerate  the  Blessed  Virgin 
Mary,  the  angels  and  the    saints;    the   Church  trium 
phant. 

2.  To  provide  for  the  spiritual  and  temporal  necessi 
ties  of  the  children  of  the  Church  militant. 

3.  To  procure  the  deliverance  of  the  holy  souls  in  pur 
gatory,  that  is,  to  aid  the  Church  suffering. 

The  Morning  Offering  of  the  Apostleship  of  Prayer  is 
very  efficacious. 

"  O  my  God,  I  offer  Thee  my  prayers,  works,  and  suffer 
ings  this  day  in  union  with  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  for 
the  intentions  for  which  He  pleads  and  offers  Himself  in 
holy  Mass,  in  thanksgiving  for  Thy  favors,  in  reparation 
for  our  offences,  and  for  the  petitions  of  all  our  Associ 
ates." 


46        For  What  and  for  Whom   We  Should  Pra\ . 

Religious  should  say  the  beads,  hear  Mass,  and  offer 
holy  communion  frequently  for  our  holy  Mother  the 
Church,  for  our  holy  Father  the  Pope,  for  bishops, 
priests,  and  superiors,  for  the  needs  of  our  country, 
for  universal  peace,  for  the  conversion  of  sinners,  and 
all  those  who  do  not  belong  to  the  one  fold  of  Christ; 
and  last,  but  not  least,  for  the  holy,  suffering  souls  in 
purgatory. 

Father  Girardey,  dwelling  on  the  subject  of  prayer, 
writes: 

"In  praying  for  temporal  favors  for  ourselves,  we  can 
claim  unconditionally  only  the  necessaries  of  life,  for  in 
the  Our  Father  'our  daily  bread'  is  equivalent  to  the 
necessaries  of  life,  but  does  not  include  its  superfluities 
or  luxuries;  and  the  words  'deliver  us  from  evil'  do  not 
necessarily  include,  as  we  have  seen,  deliverance  from 
physical  evils,  for  the  evil  here  meant  is  sin  and  all  that 
leads  to  sin.  We  have  no  reason  to  hope  that  God  will 
hear  our  prayers  for  those  temporal  favors  that  may  prove 
hurtful  to  our  salvation,  or  that  He  will  exempt  us  from 
certain  corporal  pains  and  trials,  if  such  an  exemption 
would  lead  us  to  sin  or  endanger  our  salvation.  Tne 
granting  of  such  prayers  would  be,  not  a  favor,  but  a 
terrible  punishment.  We  should,  then,  ask  for  temporal 
favors  conditionally —that  is,  under  the  condition  that 
they  may  promote  our  salvation,  or  at  least  not  hinder  it. 
We  ought  never  to  lose  sight  of  this  saying  of  our  loving 
Redeemer:  'What  doth  it  profit  a  man,  if  he  gain  the 
whole  world,  and  suffer  the  loss  of  his  own  soul  ? '  (Mat.. 
xvi.  26.) 

"Let  us  not  be  so  solicitous  for  temporal  favors,  which, 
after  all,  may,  as  we  have  seen,  prove  hurtful  to  our  soul, 
but  let  us  rather  pray  for  what  is  conducive  to  our  eterna. 
welfare.  When  we  pray  for  temporals,  and  God,  in  Hit, 
mercy,  refuses  them  to  us,  it  is  because  they  would  prove 
hurtful  to  us.  'But,'  says  St.  Gregory  of  Nazianzen,  'he 
who  asks  God  for  a  real  favor  (that  is,  for  a  favor  that  is 


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necessary  or  useful  for  his  salvation),  obtains  it,  for  God 
is  bountiful  and  generous,  and  readily  bestows  His  gifts.' 
'  When  you  pray/  says  St.  Ambrose, '  ask  for  great  things ; 
ask  not  for  what  is  transitory,  but  for  what  is  eternal.' 
'We  should  pray,'  says  St.  Augustine,  'in  the  name  and 
through  the  merits  of  Jesus  Christ.  When,  however, 
we  pray  for  what  is  injurious  to  our  soul,  we  do  not  pray 
in  the  name  of  Our  Redeemer.  In  praying  for  temporals 
we  should  be  moderate  and  timid,  asking  God  to  give 
them  to  us  provided  they  are  really  beneficial,  and  to 
withhold  them  if  they  should  prove  hurtful.  Many, 
when  they  pray,  invoke  God,  but  not  as  God,  for  the 
object  of  their  prayer  is  opposed  to  His  glory  and  favor 
able  to  their  passions.  They  seem  to  consider  God  as  a 
mere  servant  of  themselves  and  of  their  passions,  such  as 
pride,  covetousness,  and  lust.  Let  us  pray,  not  for  tem 
porals,  but  for  heavenly  glory  and  the  means  of  attaining 
it.  The  most  precious  and  excellent  of  temporal  things 
are  but  insignificant  trifles  in  comparison  to  what  is 
eternal.' 

"Rohrbacher  relates  in  his  'Church  History'  that, 
among  the  pilgrims  who  flocked  to  the  tomb  of  St. 
Thomas  of  Canterbury  to  seek  favors  through  the  saint's 
intercession,  there  was  a  blind  man  who  prayed  so  fer 
vently  for  the  recovery  of  his  lost  sight  that  he  was  per 
fectly  cured.  After  returning  home,  however,  he  began 
to  reflect  that  the  restoration  of  his  sight  might,  perhaps, 
prove  an  obstacle  to  his  salvation.  He  accordingly  re 
turned  to  the  tomb  of  the  saint,  and,  after  fervently 
praying  that  were  his  sight  ever  to  be  injurious  to  his 
soul  he  should  again  lose  it,  he  became  totally  blind  once 
more.  He  acted  most  wisely,  for  it  was  much  better  for 
him  to  be  blind  than  run  the  risk  of  losing  his  soul.  Un 
guarded  looks  are  often  the  cause  of  grievous  sin,  as  is 
shown  by  the  example  of  David  and  of  many  others. 

"When  our  prayers  for  temporal  favors,  either  for 
ourselves  or  in  behalf  of  others,  are  not  granted,  we  should 


48        For  What  and -for  Whom   We  Should  Pray. 

consider  God's  refusal  a  real  benefit  rather  than  a  mis 
fortune.  In  beseeching  God  for  temporals  we  should  be 
indifferent  as  to  the  result  of  our  prayers,  being  equally 
ready  to  accept  a  refusal  or  a  favorable  hearing  from 
Him.  If  such  should  be  our  dispositions,  God,  when 
refusing  our  request,  will  not  fail  to  compensate  us  by 
bestowing  on  us  more  excellent  favors  which  we  do  not 
think  of  asking.  'In  vain  does  a  child  cry  for  a  sword 
or  a  live  coal,' remarks  St  John  Chrysostom ;  'his  parents 
justly  refuse  him  what  may  prove  very  hurtful  to  him. 
In  like  manner,  God  justly  and  kindly  refuses  us  what  is 
injurious  to  us;  but,  in  His  goodness,  He  will  give  us 
something  better  instead.'  Let  us  in  all  our  prayers  aim 
principally  at  the  salvation  of  our  soul,  and  we  shall  ob 
tain  also  temporal  favors  from  God,  according  to  this 
saying  of  our  loving  Redeemer:  'Seek  ye  therefore  first 
the  kingdom  of  God,  and  His  justice:  and  all  these 
things  shall  be  added  unto  you'  (Matt.  vi.  33). 

"For  whom  should  we  pray?  We  should,  first  of  all, 
pray  for  ourselves,  because  our  salvation  is  our  first  and 
most  important  duty.  Although,  by  the  law  of  charity, 
we  are  bound  to  pray  for  all  men,  there  are,  nevertheless, 
some  for  whom  we  have  a  special  obligation  or  special 
reasons  to  pray.  Children  should  daily  pray  for  their 
parents,  parents  for  their  children,  members  of  the  same 
family  and  household  or  community  for  one  another, 
inferiors  for  their  superiors,  both  ecclesiastical  and  civil, 
and  superiors  for  their  inferiors.  It  is  also  incumbent 
on  us  to  pray  for  our  benefactors,  both  spiritual  and 
temporal,  for  our  relatives,  for  those  who  ask  our  prayers 
and  who  pray  for  us,  for  our  friends,  and  for  our  enemies 
also,  whosoever  they  may  be  or  whatever  evil  they  may 
have  done  or  may  wish  us.  We  ought,  likewise,  to  pray 
for  the  perseverance  of  the  just  and  for  the  conversion  of 
sinners,  of  heretics,  schismatics,  Jews,  and  unbelievers. 
It  is  a  most  praiseworthy  custom  to  pray  for  the  sick, 
for  those  who  are  in  their  agony,  for  all  who  are  in  danger 


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of  death,  or  in  danger  of  losing  their  innocence,  and  for 
all  who  are  in  distress,  pain,  trouble,  or  sorrow. 

"It  behooves  us  daily  to  remember  in  our  prayers  the 
souls  in  purgatory,  particularly  the  souls  toward  whom 
we  have  some  special  obligation,  e.g.,  the  souls  of  our 
parents,  of  our  benefactors,  of  those  who  are  suffering 
on  our  account.  We  should  endeavor  to  gain  many 
indulgences  for  their  benefit.  If,  during  our  life,  we 
pray  for  them,  God  will,  after  our  death,  inspire  com 
passionate  souls  to  pray  for  us  when  we  are  in  purga 
tory,  for,  says  our  divine  Saviour,  'with  what  measure 
you  mete,  it  shall  be  measured  to  you  again'  (Matt.  vii. 


H  ZTalfe  about 

"T*N  the  first  place,  we  will  speak  of  the  ways  of  making 
»•*•»  vocal  prayer.  Besides  tLe  ordinary  way  we  have  of 
reciting  our  vocal  prayers,  i.e.,  a  simple  repetition  oj  the 
words,  with  a  general  attention  to  God  and  to  the  inten 
tion  for  which  we  are  reciting  them  —  there  are  two  other 
ways,  highly  recommended  by  the  saints. 

One  is  to  recite  the  words  of  the  prayer,  say,  of  the 
Our  Father,  very  slowly  and  thoughtfully,  attending  to 
the  sense  of  the  words,  and  pausing  an  instant  after  each 
sentence  or  clause,  in  order  to  make  the  meaning  of  the 
prayer  our  own.  It  is  well  to  get  into  the  habit,  in  fact, 
when  we  are  alone  and  have  enough  leisure,  of  saying 
our  prayers  slowly  and  thoughtfully,  and  with  great 
exterior  and  interior  reverence,  even  though  at  times  we 
may  find  no  devotion  in  considering  the  meaning  of 
every  sentence,  but  only  have  in  our  souls  a  sense  of  the 
presence  of  God.  In  that  case  it  will  be  better  simply 
to  recite  the  prayer  slowly,  and  with  quiet  recollection 
of  the  divine  presence. 

*  From  Spencer's  ''The  Little  Grain  of  Wheat." 


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The  other  way  of  reciting  vocal  prayers,  particularly 
the  Our  Father  and  the  Hail  Mary,  is,  in  fact,  a  method 
of  turning  vocal  into  mental  prayer.  It  consists  in  not 
merely  reciting  the  prayer  slowly,  but  resting  at  each 
sentence  or  petition,  and  meditating  upon  what  is  there 
said,  or  asked  of  God.  It  is  the  method  St.  Teresa 
taught  her  nuns,  and  is  a  most  profitable  as  well  as  an 
easy  way  of  meditating.  Some  people  find  it  very  diffi 
cult  to  make  use  of  mental  prayer  by  the  ordinary 
methods.  They  will  not,  perhaps,  find  this  method  so 
difficult.  We  will  give  a  rapid  sketch  of  the  manner  of 
meditating  on  the  Our  Father,  and  of  some  of  the  sub 
jects  of  meditation  to  be  found  in  it.  Those  who  are  not 
able  to  meditate  by  reasoning  upon  points,  may  find  in 
this  method  great  help  and  encouragement. 

Upon  the  very  first  words  of  this  divine  prayer  of  Our 
Lord  the  soul  may  rest  and  find  nourishment.  It  is  not 
necessary,  having  begun  the  first  words  of  the  prayer,  to 
go  on  and  finish  it;  but  if,  during  the  whole  time  of 
prayer,  the  soul  rests  upon  these  or  any  other  words, 
there  let  her  stay  as  long  as  she  is  inclined.  Afterwards, 
if  there  is  any  more  time,  let  her  go  on  to  the  next  sen 
tence  or  petition. 

On  the  words,  "Our  Father,"  the  soul  may  consider 
what  a  great  thing  it  is  to  be  the  son  or  daughter  of  such 
a  great  Lord  and  Sovereign,  and  what  it  is  to  have  such 
a  Father,  Who  is  almighty,  all-loving,  all-good,  able  and 
desirous  to  help  and  benefit  His  child  to  the  uttermost. 
Again,  having  such  a  Father  in  God,  His  only-begotten 
Son  is  become  our  brother,  in  Whom  we  are  all  brethren, 
coheirs  with  Him,  and  brethren  and  fellow-citizens  with 
the  saints  and  angels  in  heaven.  And  having  such  a 
Father  and  such  brethren,  we  should  have  very  great 
confidence  that,  if  we  are  faithful  children,  all  things  will 
cooperate  together  for  our  good,  and  heaven  will  be  ours 
hereafter;  and  any  other  such  like  thoughts  that  may 
present  themselves  to  our  minds.  Then  we  can  raise 


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our  souls  to  God  in  acts  of  love,  thanksgiving,  filial  fear, 
confidence,  and  joy,  and  spend  thus  as  long  a  time  as  we 
desire  before  going  on.  And  all  this  and  much  more  on 
the  first  simple  words,  "Our  Father." 

Next  come  the  words  "Who  art  in  heaven."  Our 
Father  is  in  heaven — therefore  heaven  is  our  country; 
and  the  devout  soul  may  make  acts  of  desire  and  long 
ing  for  her  heavenly  home.  Again,  wherever  God  is,  by 
His  grace  and  love,  there  is  heaven.  His  presence  makes 
heaven.  Now  we  know  by  divine  faith  that  God  is  every 
where,  and  intimately  present  in  all  things  and  in  all 
places;  therefore,  He  is  present  in  our  own  souls;  and 
in  a  special  manner,  as  He  is  more  particularly  present 
to  spiritual  substances  than  to  other  things.  He  is 
present  there  really  and  actually,  at  every  moment,  by 
His  essence  and  His  power,  and,  let  us  humbly  and  con 
fidently  trust,  also  by  His  grace  and  love.  Therefore, 
heaven  is  in  our  souls.  Every  time  we  say:  "  Our  Father, 
Who  art  in  heaven,"  we  can  look  at  God  continually 
abiding  in  the  very  centre  and  essence  of  our  souls,  so 
that  He  is  not  far  off  from  us,  nor  must  we  go  to  the 
heavens  above  to  find  Him,  as  St.  Teresa  says,  but  He 
is  very  near  to  us,  as  near  as  our  own  souls  to  our  own 
bodies.  And  this  all  the  time,  at  any  and  every  moment ; 
and  with  the  Father  we  have  the  Son  and  the  Holy  Ghost. 
So  there  are  the  Three  Persons  of  the  Trinity,  enacting 
their  wonderful  relations  one  with  another,  working 
Their  mighty  works,  upholding  the  entire  universe,  all 
within  our  own  soul — wondrous  thought!  And  since 
Jesus  Christ  our  Lord  is  God  the  Son,  then  Jesus  our 
Lord  is  present  in  our  souls,  making  heaven  there;  and, 
by  a  sort  of  spiritual  concomitance,  we  can  represent  to 
ourselves  His  sacred  humanity  as  present  also,  and  His 
blessed  Mother,  too,  who  is  not  separated  from  Him,  and 
the  saints  and  angels  who  constitute  His  court ;  these  also 
we  can  represent  to  ourselves  as  present,  though  in  a 
spiritual  sense  and  not  with  the  same  actuality  that  the 


g2  A  TaR  about  Prayer. 

Divinity  is  present.  Since  God  then,  and  heaven,  are 
present  in  our  souls,  at  all  times  and  in  all  places,  we 
surely  should  have  but  little  trouble  in  finding  Him  or  in 
speaking  with  Him  in  our  thoughts,  or  in  making  Him 
hear  us:  and  this  makes  it  very  easy  for  us  in  time  of 
prayer  to  form  acts  of  love,  etc.,  and  to  converse  with 
Him.  And  not  only  in  time  of  prayer,  but  at  all  times, 
all  we  have  to  do  is  to  look  within,  and  God  is  really 
and  actually  present.  This  should  help  us  greatly  to  be 
recollected  everywhere,  and  we  should  endeavor,  little 
by  little,  to  learn  to  keep  up  a  continual  conversation  in 
our  souls  with  God,  Who  is  so  much  nearer  to  us  than 
our  dearest  friend  can  ever  be.  In  this  way  we  would 
always  be  on  our  guard  against  offending  one  who  in 
habits  our  very  soul,  and  we  would  be  habitually  filled 
with  a  holy  filial  fear  and  love.  The  heaven  that  is 
within  our  souls  by  this  divine  presence  will  begin  to 
project  itself  upon  our  surroundings,  and  we  will  be 
almost  living  in  heaven,  the  world  about  us  and  our 
lives  becoming  tinged  with  its  light.  Behold  all  there 
is  in  the  Our  Father  in  this  manner  of  prayer,  before  we 
come  to  the  first  petition.  And  many  other  holy  thoughts 
with  accompanying  requests  and  acts  of  the  will  and 
aspirations  will  present  themselves  to  your  minds,  a£> 
God  the  Holy  Ghost  within  you  may  direct. 

"  Hallowed  be  Thy  name."  In  this  first  petition  we 
address  God  as  our  Father  and  Lord ;  and  as  His  children 
we  pray,  and  ought  greatly  to  desire,  that  our  lives  may 
be  sanctified,  in  order  that  we  may  live  up  to  our  holy 
vocation  as  children  of  such  a  Father.  Let  us,  then, 
while  meditating  on  tnis  petition,  greatly  desire  to  be 
come  holy,  to  become  saints,  as  children  of  God  ought 
to  be.  Then  we  should  make  acts  of  self-contempt  and 
indignation  against  ourselves,  because  we  are  so  unwor 
thy  of  such  a  high  dignity,  and  are  so  full  of  sin  and 
ingratitude  to  so  good  a  Father;  and  make  acts  of  con 
trition  for  our  sins,  by  which  we  have  offended  Him,  and 


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do  continually  offend  Him.  We  should  not  be  content 
with  this,  but  should  grieve  over  all  the  sins,  crimes, 
sacrileges,  and  other  evils  that  are  continually  being 
committed  by  sinners,  since  by  them  God's  name  is  not 
hallowed,  but  dishonored  and  outraged.  We  should 
offer  up  the  most  precious  blood  in  satisfaction  for  all 
these  evils,  together  with  the  merits  of  the  most  blessed 
Mother  of  God  and  of  all  the  saints.  Then  we  should 
beg  that  God,  for  the  honor  of  His  holy  name  and  for  the 
salvation  of  souls,  would  raise  up  great  saints  on  the  earth, 
who  are  so  much  needed  in  these  times  of  spiritual  dark 
ness,  these  last  days  of  the  world,  as  very  likely  they  are. 
St.  Teresa  says,  that  the  petition  "Thy  kingdom  come" 
follows  very  naturally  from  the  preceding  one,  since  a 
father's  kingdom  belongs  to  his  children.  "Say,  then," 
she  continues,  "to  your  heavenly  Father:  'S'ince  the 
world,  the  devil,  and  the  flesh  reign  upon  earth,  do  Thou 
reign  over  us  as  our  King,  and  destroy  in  our  souls  these 
kingdoms  of  avarice,  pride,  and  sensuality.'"  In  this 
petition  we  address  Him  as  our  King,  and  beg  Him  to 
reign  over  us,  and  set  up  His  kingdom  in  our  souls.  How 
many  aspirations  may  we  not  make  to  that  effect,  and 
how  much  time  may  we  not  spend  upon  this  petition! 
But  this  is  not  all;  for  we  beg  and  pray  Him  in  this  peti 
tion  to  establish  His  kingdom  in  other  souls  also,  that 
all  men  may  love  Him.  And  we  also  pray  that  the  king 
doms  of  the  world  may  recognize  the  principles  of  religion 
and  truth  and  justice,  and  the  nations  become  truly 
Christian.  Also  that  God's  kingdom,  which  is  the 
Catholic  Church,  may  be  triumphant  in  the  world,  the 
Vicar  of  Christ  delivered  from  his  enemies,  and  all  people 
recognize  the  Catholic  religion  as  the  one  true  faith. 
Thus  we  may  make  this  petition  a  prayer  of  intercession 
for  the  whole  world.  Again  we  pray  in  this  place  that 
God  would  give  us  His  kingdom,  that  is,  the  kingdom  of 
heaven — thus  praying  for  our  everlasting  salvation,  and 
that  of  our  neighbor.  And  finally  we  pray  for  His  second 


154  -A  Talk  about  Prayer. 

coming,  when  "The  kingdoms  of  the  world  shall  become 
the  kingdom  of  the  Lord  and  of  His  Christ,  and  He  shall 
reign  forever  and  ever;  "  when  all  wrongs  shall  be  righted, 
and  all  justice  done,  and  the  proud  shall  be  cast  down, 
and  the  meek  shall  inherit  the  kingdom,  and  Satan  and 
his  ministers  shall  be  chained  in  everlasting  darkness; 
"when  God  shall  wipe  away  all  tears  from  our  eyes; 
and  death  shall  be  no  more,  nor  mourning,  nor  crying, 
nor  any  more  sorrow,  for  the  former  things  are  passed 
away."  (Apoc.  xxi.  4.)  Behold  all  the  matter  of  prayer 
contained  in  this  one  petition.  Well  might  we  spend 
upon  it  the  whole  time  of  our  prayer. 

Next  follows  the  petition,  "Thy  will  be  done  on  earth, 
as  it  is  in  heaven."  And  here  we  speak  to  Our  Lord  as 
to  a  spouse :  for  while  respect  and  veneration  are  owed 
to  the  name  of  Father,  and  between  a  king  and  his  sub 
jects  there  is  the  interchange  of  commands  and  obedi 
ence,  so,  between  two  who  are  so  closely  united  as  two 
spouses,  there  is  an  interchange  of  wills,  each  being 
desirous  to  do  the  will  of  the  other.  For  all  that  one 
has  is  the  other's,  and  their  affairs  are  in  common.  So 
Our  Lord  makes  all  He  has  ours — and  all  He  desires  is 
that  we  should  make  all  that  is  ours  His;  and  when  there 
are  common  interests,  there  should  be  one  will.  He 
desires  us  to  give  Him  our  will ;  and  when  we  have  done 
so,  and  sincerely  desire  and  do  His  will,  He,  in  return, 
does  our  will,  and  all  that  we  ask  of  Him  He  grants  us; 
so  that,  as  St.  Teresa  says,  Our  Lord  is  pleased  that  thus 
He  and  the  faithful  soul  should  command  by  turns,  as  it 
were — the  soul  doing  His  will,  and  He  doing  hers.  In 
His  kingdom  in  heaven  His  will  is  perfectly  done;  so  it 
is  no  more  than  right,  if  we  desire  His  kingdom  to  be  on 
earth  (as  we  have  asked  in  the  former  petition),  that  His 
will  should  be  done  in  this  kingdom  as  in  the  other. 
Here,  then,  you  can  earnestly  pray  for  this  perfect  con 
formity  of  your  will  with  His  will;  'in  this  conformity 
consists  all  perfection. 


A  Talk  abotit  Prayer.  55 

In  the  next  petition  we  ask  Him  to  "  Give  us  this  day 
our  daily  bread."  Those  who  have  given  themselves  up 
to  God  in  an  interior  life,  and  have  cast  themselves  upon 
His  providence,  have  no  need  to  importune  their  divine 
Master  to  give  them  their  earthly  bread  for  their  bodily 
support,  for  as  they  have  forsaken  the  love  of  the  world 
for  Him,  He  will  provide  for  them,  as  He  is  in  a  manner 
bound  to  do.  So,  in  this  petition,  we  beg  for  our  spir 
itual  necessities. 

Pray  here  for  all  the  graces  you  need,  for  strength  to 
support  you  in  temptation,  for  light  to  know  the  will  of 
Our  Lord,  since  we  can  not  do  His  will,  as  we  have  asked 
that  it  might  be  done,  without  the  assistance  and  light 
of  the  Holy  Ghost.  Also,  when  you  are  overburdened 
with  grief,  or  temptations,  or  other  trials,  it  is  right  you 
should  pray  for  relief,  as  far  as  relief  is  needful  for  you ; 
and  in  times  of  long-continued  dryness,  it  is  not  wrong 
for  you  humbly  to  ask  a  little  of  the  bread  of  consolation, 
if  it  be  Our  Lord's  will.  But  this  petition  may,  in  a 
special  manner,  be  applied  to  the  Blessed  Sacrament,  in 
which  Our  Lord  Himself  becomes  our  daily  or  super- 
substantial  bread;  and  we  can  turn  this  clause  into  a 
contemplation  upon  the  real  presence,  and  holy  com 
munion. 

As  to  the  rest  of  the  petitions  of  the  Lord's  Prayer, 
what  has  already  been  said  of  the  first  four  is  sufficient 
to  show  how  the  devout  soul  may  occupy  her  time  with 
each  of  the  others.  It  is  enough  to  say  that  in  the  peti 
tion,  "Forgive  us  our  trespasses,"  special  consideration 
should  be  given  to  the  second  clause — "As  we  forgive 
those  who  trespass  against  us."  For  here  we  can  make 
acts  of  patience  under  annoyances,  of  ready  forgiveness 
of  all  injuries,  offer  ourselves  to  be  ill-treated,  humiliated, 
and  insulted,  and  pray  for  the  spirit  of  meekness.  Here, 
»lso,  in  this  connection,  we  can  bring  in  the  sacred  Pas 
sion  of  Our  Lord,  and  consider  the  meekness  and  patient 
love  with  which  He  endured  so  many  outrages;  and  so, 


56  A  Talk  about  Prayer. 

thinking  upon  this  petition  can  set  us  to  meditating  or 
the  Passion  of  Christ.  The  next  petition,  "Lead  us  not 
into  temptation,"  refers  especially  to  the  temptations, 
wiles,  and  machinations  of  the  devil;  and  the  last  peti 
tion  refers,  not  only  to  temporal  and  spiritual  evils,  from 
which  we  ask  to  be  delivered,  but  also  to  this  life  of  exile, 
from  which  the  devout  soul  may  beg  to  be  set  free,  if  it 
be  God's  will,  in  order  to  enter  upon  the  possession  of 
her  heavenly  kingdom,  which  is  the  kingdom  of  her 
Spouse. 

This  method  of  prayer  may  be  applied  to  the  Hail 
Mary,  and,  indeed,  to  any  other  prayer,  though  no  prayer 
will  be  found  to  contain  so  much  as  this  divine  prayer  of 
Our  Lord.  The  Lord's  Prayer,  used  in  this  manner, 
may  also  be  applied  to  any  subject  that  you  may  take 
up  for  meditation;  as,  if  the  meditation  is  on  any  particu 
lar  virtue,  this  prayer  may  be  made  to  refer  to  that  virtue; 
if  on  the  nativity,  our  Father,  King,  and  Spouse  may  be 
represented  as  present  in  our  souls  as  an  infant,  while  we 
use  the  different  petitions,  as  above  pointed  out.  If  the 
subject  be  the  Passion,  then  we  may  represent  Our  Lord 
present  to  our  souls  as  suffering  and  abandoned  by  all, 
and  so  on. 

*  A  few  words  about  the  ordinary  method  of  medita 
tion.  Though  it  is  best  for  those  who  are  accustomed 
to  meditate  according  to  the  usual  formal  method  to 
stick  to  the  subject  they  have  chosen,  yet  great  latitude 
should  be  allowed  one's  self  as  to  the  way  of  developing 
the  points,  and  full  liberty  also  to  stop  upon  any  point, 
or  to  dwell  upon  any  affection  that  may  arise,  as  long  as 
the  soul  is  drawn  to  do  so,  or  finds  any  satisfaction  in  it, 
so  that,  if,  during  the  whole  time  of  meditation,  you  do 
not  advance  beyond  the  first  point,  the  object  of  the  medi 
tation  will  be  gained;  for  the  consideration  of  the  sub 
ject  and  the  reasoning  over  the  points  are  designed  to 
rouse  affections  and  movements  of  the  will  towards  God, 
and  when  that  happens,  it  would  be  a  mistake  to  smother 


A  2'alk  about  Prayer.  5  7 

these  ascensions  of  the  heart  and  will  toward  God,  in 
order  to  go  on  and  begin  to  reason  upon  another  point. 
Indeed,  if  the  soul  is  thus  roused  at  the  commencement, 
when  the  picture  of  the  mystery  is  proposed  to  the  imag 
ination,  she  should  stop  there,  until  her  affections  begin 
to  flag,  when  she  can  go  on  further.  You  need  have  no 
fear  of  being  unfaithful  by  following  this  rule.  » 

Another  thing.  Sometimes  it  so  happens  that  both 
the  imagination  and  reason  seem  to  be  paralyzed,  so 
that  after  faithfully  trying  to  begin  and  go  on  with  the 
meditation  for  a  little  while,  the  soul  finds  itself  so  stupid 
and  dull,  as  to  be  able  to  imagine  or  reason  upon  noth 
ing.  Let  her  not  be  discouraged.  Let  her  make  simple 
acts  of  the  ivill,  however  hard  and  dry  they  may  seem  to 
be.  Let  her  spend  the  time  saying  to  God  such  things 
as,  "O  my  God,  I  love  you.  O  my  God,  I  offer  my 
mind  and  body  to  you;  take  me.  O  my  God,  I  give  my 
will  up  to  your  will — I  submit  to  this  dryness  and  dulness  " 
— and  other  such  simple,  dry  acts.  There  may  be  no 
sensible  fervor  in  them,  they  may  seem  to  the  soul  per 
fectly  stupid:  yet  such  acts  of  the  will,  done,  at  the  same 
time,  with  great  calmness  and  interior  stillness,  without 
-hurry  or  anxiety,  will  be  of  the  greatest  value  to  the  soul 
in  the  eyes  of  God.  You  will  make  more  progress  dur 
ing  that  hour,  than  in  many  others  when  the  reason  was 
bright  and  the  affections  came  gushing  forth  like  a  foun 
tain.  But  perhaps  the  heart  may  be  so  dull  that  even 
these  simple  acts  can  not  be  made  without  turmoil  and 
disturbance  of  mind.  In  that  case,  remain  quietly  before 
God  in  perfect  calmness,  submitting  yourself  to  His  will 
in  this.  Occupy  yourself  simply  in  keeping  peace. 

Another  thing  is,  to  make  all  your  spiritual  exercises 
daily  or  otherwise,  whatever  manner  of  prayer  you  may 
be  using,  with  the  greatest  peace,  calmness,  and  still 
ness  of  heart.  There  is  nothing  worse  in  prayer  than 
anxiety,  fear,  fretfulness,  hurry,  over-eagerness  to  do  it 
right,  or  any  overstraining  of  the  soul.  All  should  be 


58  Vocal  Prayer. 

done  with  the  greatest  calmness,  stillness,  peace,  and 
tranquillity  possible.  The  loss  of  that  interior  calmness 
disturbs  recollection,  distracts  the  attention,  and  hinders 
the  workings  of  the  Holy  Spirit.  So  that,  if  your  tran 
quillity  is  disturbed,  you  must  endeavor  by  all  means  to 
restore  it  before  you  go  further,  even  though  the  whole 
time  of  your  prayer  be  occupied  in  doing  this. 

Another  way  of  practising  interior  prayer  is  to  tak? 
some  devout  book,  read  a  little  in  it,  and  then  reflect  upon 
what  has  been  read,  and  make  acts  of  the  will  and  affec 
tions  upon  it.  When  the  mind  grows  a  little  weary 
take  the  book  up  again,  and  read  a  little  more,  and  so  on, 
The  same  can  be  done  with  any  vocal  prayer,  as  explained 
above.  In  this  way  we  turn  vocal  prayer  into  mental. 

When  the  time  for  ending  the  meditation  is  come,  it 
should  not  be  prolonged  because  the  soul  is  dissatisfied 
with  its  success.  That  would  bring  on  weariness  and 
scruples.  Wrhen  something  happens  that  the  prayer 
must  be  curtailed  or  even  omitted,  let  it  be  done  with 
liberty  and  without  scruple;  only  not  out  of  a  spirit  of 
sloth  or  disgust.  For  the  rest  of  your  time,  endeavor  to 
keep  quietly  and  gently  recollected  in  God. 


Docal 

VOCAL  prayer  is  prayer  recited  with  the  lips,  and 
usually  according  to  some  certain  formula.  Al 
though  in  itself  vocal  prayer  is  not  so  excellent  as  mental 
prayer,  we  should,  nevertheless,  beware  of  underrating 
its  usefulness  or  necessity.  All  true  Christians  fre 
quently  recite  vocal  prayers,  such  as  the  Our  Father, 
the  Hail  Mary,  the  Apostles'  Creed,  the  acts  of  faith, 
hope,  charity,  and  contrition.  The  Church  prescribes 
vocal  prayer  very  strictly  to  her  priests  and  her  Religious 

*  From  Father  Girardey's  "Instructions  on  Prayer." 


Vocal  Prayer.  5  9 

,n  the  Mass,  in  the  liturgy,  and  in  the  divine  office.  She 
has  enriched  many  vocal  prayers  with  numerous  indul 
gences,  and  has  approved  of  many  prayer-books  filled 
with  prayers  suited  to  every  want  and  devotion.  Vocal 
prayer,  then,  is  both  useful  and  necessary  for  all  men 
without  exception — even  for  those  who  are  soaring  in 
the  heights  of  contemplation.  In  reciting  vocal  prayers, 
we  should  strive  to  attend  to  the  meaning  of  the  words, 
appropriating  it  to  ourselves  with  all, possible  fervor  and 
earnestness.  A  few  short  vocal  prayers  well  said  are  far 
more  acceptable  to  God  than  a  great  many  long  ones 
recited  without  attention  or  fervor. 

One  of  the  best  forms  of  vocal  prayer  is  the  frequent 
recitation  during  the  day  of  some  favorite  aspiration  or 
ejaculatory  prayer,  especially  if  we  do  so  in  time  of  trial 
and  temptation.  This  commendable  practice  gradually 
imparts  a  habit  of  recollection,  and  renders  all  other 
prayers  comparatively  easy  and  free  from  distraction. 
We  should,  as  far  as  practicable,  prefer  reciting  those 
vocal  prayers  which  the  Church  has  enriched  with  indul 
gences,  for  we  thereby  gain  a  twofold  advantage — the 
benefit  of  the  beautiful  and  devout  prayers  themselves, 
and  the  indulgences,  which  help  us  to  acquit  ourselves 
of  the  great  temporal  debt  which  we  have  contracted 
towards  the  divine  justice  on  account  of  our  numerous 
sins.  Or  we  may  also  apply  said  indulgences,  when  so 
applicable,  to  the  souls  in  purgatory,  who  will  be  relieved 
thereby  and  will  not  fail  to  intercede  for  us  in  our  wants. 

It  would  be  well  to  join,  to  a  certain  extent,  mental 
prayer  with  our  vocal  prayers,  for  the  merit  of  the  latter 
would  be  thereby  greatly  increased.  We  may  do  so  in 
this  wise.  During  the  recitation  of  our  vocal  prayers 
we  pause  at  short  intervals  to  reflect  either  on  their  mean 
ing  or  on  some  supernatural  truth;  or,  without  at  all 
pausing,  we  reflect  thereon  while  actually  pronouncing 
the  prayers  with  our  lips.  The  rosary  is  the  most  com 
mon  and  readily  understood  example  of  this  manner  of 


60  Mental  Prayer. 

praying.  While  we  are  reciting  the  Our  Father  and  the 
Hail  Marys  of  each  decade  of  the  rosary,  we  meditate 
or  reflect  on  some  mystery  connected  with  the  life  of 
Jesus  Christ  or  of  His  blessed  Mother. 

It  is  also  useful,  in  using  the  prayers  of  our  prayer- 
book,  to  read  them  slowly  and  deliberately,  making  in 
the  meantime  practical  reflections  on  their  contents,  or 
pausing  from  time  to  time  to  meditate  a  little  and  apply 
the  words  of  the  prayers  to  our  own  wants.  If  we  accus 
tom  ourselves  to  recite  our  vocal  prayers  in  this  way,  we 
shall  not  only  make  them  our  own  and  pray  well,  but 
we  shall  also  gradually  acquire  the  habit  of  making 
mental  prayer,  which  tends  to  unite  us  more  closely  to 
God,  and,  through  the  practical  imitation  of  our  divine 
Saviour's  virtues,  to  render  us  conformable  to  Him. 


/IDental  prater. 

is  called  by  St.  Gregory  Nazianzen  a 
conference,  or  conversation  with  God.  St.  John 
Chrysostom  speaks  of  prayer  as  a  discourse  writh  the 
divine  majesty.  According  to  St.  Augustine  it  is  the 
raising  up  of  the  soul  to  God.  St.  Francis  de  Sales  de 
scribes  it  as  a  conversation  of  the  soul  with  God,  by  which 
we  aspire  to  Him  and  breathe  in  Him,  and  He,  in  return, 
inspires  us  and  breathes  on  us. 

Father  Bertrand  Wilberforce,  in  his  tract  on'*Menta? 
Prayer, "  writes: 

All  prayer  is  the  speaking  of  the  soul  to  God.  This 
may  be  done  in  three  ways.  For  the  prayer  may  be  either 
in  thought  only,  unexpressed  in  any  external  way,  or  on 
the  other  hand  the  secret  thoughts  and  feelings  of  the  soul 
may  be  clothed  in  words;  and  these  words,  again,  may 
either  be  confined  to  a  set  form,  or  they  may  be  words 
of  our  own,  unfettered  by  any  form,  and  express  ng  the 
emotions  of  our  soul  at  the  moment.  In  the  first  case 


Mental  Prayer,  6 1 

our  prayer  will  be  purely  mental;  in  the  second,  in  which 
we  employ  a  set  form  of  words,  it  will  be  vocal  prayer ;  in 
the  third  case,  where  the  prayer  is  chiefly  in  thought, 
but  these  thoughts  are  allowed  to  break  forth  into  words 
in  any  way  that  at  the  moment  seem  best  to  express  the 
feelings  of  the  soul,  it  is  a  mixture  of  mental  and  vocal 
prayer,  but  as  the  words  are  spontaneous  and  not  in  any 
prescribed  form,  it  may  justly  be  considered  as  mental 
prayer. 

In  an  audience  with  the  Pope,  we  might  read  a  written 
address  to  his  Holiness,  or  we  might  trust  to  the  words 
that  might  occur  at  the  moment,  to  express  what  we  de 
sired  to  convey  to  his  mind.  But  if  God  were  to  enable 
the  Pope  to  read  the  thoughts  of  our  mind,  we  might 
then  simply  stand  silent  in  his  presence,  and  he  would 
see  all  that  we  wanted  to  express.  The  formal  address 
would  be  vocal  prayer,  the  silent  standing  before  his 
throne  would  be  purely  mental  prayer,  the  conversa 
tion  with  unprepared  words  would  be  a  mixture  of  the 
two,  and  might  be  called  mental  prayer  in  a  more  gen 
eral  and  extended  sense.  God  knows  our  secret  thoughts 
more  clearly  than  we  can  express  them,  more  certainly 
than  we  ourselves  can  know  them,  and  words  therefore 
are  not  necessary  in  our  intercourse  with  Him,  though 
often  a  considerable  help  to  us. 

A  set  form  of  words  spoken,  or  read,  can  not  be  called 
prayer  at  all,  unless  the  mind  intends  it  as  prayer,  and 
gives  some  kind  of  spiritual  attention,  either  to  the  actual 
sense  of  the  words  themselves,  or  to  God  Himself  while 
they  are  being  uttered.  Shakespeare  spoke  as  a  theo 
logian  when,  in  Hamlet,  he  put  into  the  mouth  of  the  king, 
who  asked  for  pardon  without  repentance: 

My  words  go  up,  my  thoughts  remain  below, 
Words  without  thoughts  never  to  heaven  go. 

God  condemned  the  merely  material  homage  of  the 
Jews  by  declaring,  "This  people  honoreth  Me  with  their 


6  2  JMental  Pra  ver. 

lips,  but  their  heart  is  far  from  Me."  All  prayer,  there 
fore,  of  whatever  kind,  must  be  "in  spirit  and  in  truth" 
(John  iv.  23),  but  vocal  prayer  is  confined  to  a  prescribed 
form  of  words,  whereas  mental  prayer  is  the  spontaneous 
utterance  of  the  soul  either  with  or  without  words.  When 
St.  Francis  said  an  Our  Father,  or  recited  his  office,  he 
used  vocal  prayer;  when  he  knelt  before  God  without  a 
word  his  prayer  was  purely  mental;  when  he  spent  the 
whole  night  in  saying  "Aly  God  and  my  all,"  his  mental 
prayer  was  mingled  with  words  which  expressed  the  burn 
ing  love  of  his  seraphic  soul. 

St.  Alphonsus  says,  "He  who  neglects  meditation  (a 
part  of  mental  prayer),  and  is  distracted  by  the  affairs  of 
the  world,  will  not  know  his  spiritual  wants,  the  dangers 
to  which  his  salvation  is  exposed,  the  means  he  ought  to 
take  to  conquer  temptations,  and  will  forget  the  necessity 
of  the  prayer  of  petition  for  all  men;  thus  he  will  not  ask 
for  what  is  necessary,  and  by  not  asking  God's  grace,  he 
will  certainly  lose  his  soul." 

In  the  same  way  St.  Teresa  asks:  "How  can  charity 
last,  unless  God  gives  perseverance  ?  How  will  the  Lord 
gives  us  perseverance  if  we  neglect  to  ask  Him  for  it? 
And  how  shall  we  ask  it  without  mental  prayer  ?  With 
out  mental  prayer  there  is  not  the  communication  with 
God,  which  is  necessary  for  the  preservation  of  virtue." 
The  holy  Doctors  agree  that  those  who  persevere  in 
mental  prayer  will  live  in  God's  grace.  The  following 
words  are  the  deliberate  sentence  of  the  holy  Doctor  St. 
Alphonsus,  the  conclusion  gathered  from  his  vast  learn 
ing  and  experience:  "Many  say  the  Rosary,  the  Office 
of  Our  Lady,  and  perform  other  acts  of  devotion,  but 
they  still  continue  in  sin.  But  it  is  impossible  for  him 
u'ho  perseveres  in  mental  prayer  to  continue  in  sin;  he  will 
either  give  up  mental  prayer,  or  renounce  sin.  Mental 
prayer  and  sin  can  not  exist  together.  And  this  we  see 
by  experience ;  they  who  make  mental  prayer,  rarely  fall 
into  mortal  sin ;  and  should  they  have  the  misery  of  fall- 


Is  Mental  Prayer  Easy  ?  63 

ing  into  sin,  by  persevering  in  mental  prayer,  they  see 
their  misery,  and  return  to  God.  Let  a  soul,  says  St. 
Teresa,  be  ever  so  negligent,  if  she  perseveres  in  mental 
prayer,  the  Lord  will  bring  her  back  to  the  haven  of  sal 
vation." 

If  this  were  merely  the  opinion  of  St.  Alphonsus  him 
self  it  would  be  of  immense  weight,  considering  his  re 
splendent  sanctity,  his  vast  spiritual  learning,  and  the 
varied  experience  of  his  long  and  active  life,  but  besides 
this  the  holy  Doctor  is  here  only  summing  up,  in  one  sen 
tence,  the  teaching  and  experience  of  all  the  doctors, 
saints,  writers,  preachers,  and  confessors  of  the  whole 
Church  since  the  beginning.  What  stronger  argument 
could  be  used  to  prove  the  importance  and  necessity  of 
mental  prayer? 


fls  /IDental  jpra^er 

NY  one  who  has  a  real  desire  to  be  saved,  and  who 
believes  that  the  opinion  of  St.  Alphonsus,  and 
all  other  spiritual  teachers,  that  mortal  sin  and  mental 
prayer  can  not  live  together,  but  are  mutually  destruc 
tive,  is  really  true,  must  feel  a  desire  to  adopt  so  certain 
a  means  of  salvation.  But  many  are  faint-hearted,  and 
dread  the  little  difficulty  they  feel  in  beginning  a  new 
exercise,  and  many  more  lack  the  courage  and  self-denial 
necessary  to  continue  in  it  after  the  novelty  has  worn 
away,  and  the  yoke  of  perseverance  begins  to  gall.  Blessed 
are  they  who  courageously  persevere,  for  their  salvation 
is  secure! 

Those  who  find  it  difficult  to  begin,  or  are  tempted  to 
abandon  this  powerful  means  of  salvation,  must  pluck 
up  heart,  and  encourage  themselves  by  remembering 
that  mental  prayer  requires  no  learning,  no  special  power 
of  mind,  no  extraordinary  grace,  but  only  a  resolute  will 
and  a  desire  to  please  God.  In  fact  the  hard  matter  is 


64  -ft  Mental  Prayer  Easy? 

to  convince  people  how  easy  and  simple  a  matter  mental 
prayer  really  is,  and  how  the  difficulty  is  far  more  imag 
inary  than  real.  This  difficulty  often  rises  from  not  hav 
ing  grasped  the  true  idea  of  what  is  meant  by  mental 
prayer,  and  the  false  idea  of  the  exercise  once  formed,  is 
often  never  corrected,  the  consequence  being  that  the 
practice  is  either  abandoned  in  disgust,  or  persevered  in 
with  extreme  repugnance,  and  little  fruit. 

One  common  cause  of  misunderstanding,  perhaps  the 
most  common  of  all,  is  the  custom  of  calling  the  whole 
exercise  by  the  name  of  one  subordinate  and  not  most 
important  part,  that  is  meditation.  From  this,  the  idea 
arises  that  it  is  a  prolonged  spiritual  study,  drawn  out  at 
length  with  many  divisions  and  much  complicated  process, 
and  this  notion  frightens  many  good  souls,  and  makes 
them  fall  back  on  vocal  prayer  alone.  They  imagine 
that  the  soul  must  preach  a  discourse  to  itself,  and  they 
feel  no  talent  for  preaching.  Many,  if  they  spoke  their 
minds  clearly,  would  say,  "I  can  not  meditate,  but  if  I 
might  be  allowed  to  pray  during  that  time  instead,  I 
could  do  very  well!"  This  is  no  imaginary  case,  as  any 
one  who  has  had  any  experience  will  testify,  and  this 
miserable  misunderstanding  that  so  often  holds  souls 
back  for  years,  is  partly  brought  about  by  defective  teach 
ing,  but  partly  also  by  the  name  meditation  being  used, 
instead  of  the  more  comprehensive  one  of  mental  prayer. 

Mental  prayer  properly  understood,  will  be  found  to 
be  easy  and  within  the  power  of  all  who  desire  salvation. 
Of  course  there  are  many  degrees  of  prayer,  and  to  pray 
perfectly  is  no  doubt  a  matter  of  great  difficulty,  but  to 
pray  well  and  in  a  way  very  pleasing  to  God,  and  very 
profitable  to  the  soul,  is  an  easy  and  simple  matter.  If 
we  remember  how  many  thousands  have  excelled  in 
mental  prayer  though  not  even  able  to  read,  we  shall  see 
that  this  holy  exercise  can  not  require  any  special  power 
of  mind  or  any  degree  of  culture.  St.  Isidore,  a  farm 
laborer,  is  an  example  of  a  man  utterly  devoid  of  human 


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learning,  but  rising,  by  God's  grace,  to  the  sublimest 
prayer. 

In  order  to  pray  with  fruit  and  without  distraction,  it 
is  very  useful  and  in  most  cases  necessary,  to  spend  some 
time  in  meditation  or  pious  thought  on  some  definite 
subject,  and  from  this  fact,  as  before  stated,  the  whole 
exercise  is  often  called  meditation,  instead  of  mental 
prayer.  This  often  misleads  people  into  imagining  that 
meditation,  that  is,  the  use  of  the  intellect  in  thinking  on 
a  holy  subject,  is  the  main  end  to  be  aimed  at,  whereas  in 
fact  it  is  only  a  means  to  the  end,  which  is  prayer  or  con 
versation  with  God.  Meditation  furnishes  us  with  the 
matter  for  conversation,  but  it  is  not  itself  prayer  at  all. 
When  thinking  and  reflecting  the  soul  speaks  to  itself, 
reasons  with  itself;  in  prayer  it  speaks  to  God. 

Meditation  in  its  wide  sense  is  any  kind  of  attentive 
and  repeated  thought  upon  any  subject  and  with  any 
intention,  but  in  the  more  restricted  sense  in  which  it  is 
understood  as  a  part  of  mental  prayer,  it  is,  as  St.  Francis 
de  Sales  puts  it,  "an  attentive  thought,  voluntarily  re 
peated  or  entertained  in  the  mind,  to  excite  the  will  to 
holy  and  salutary  reflections  and  resolutions."  It  differs 
from  mere  study  in  its  object:  we  study  to  improve  oui 
minds  and  to  store  up  information,  we  meditate  to  move 
the  will  to  pray  and  to  embrace  good.  We  study  that  w« 
may  know,  we  meditate  that  we  may  pray. 

We  must  then  use  the  mind  in  thus  thinking  or  ponder 
ing  on  a  sacred  subject  for  a  few  minutes,  and  in  order  tc 
help  the  mind  in  this  exercise,  we  must  have  some  defi 
nite  subject  of  thought  upon  which  it  is  well  to  read  either 
a  text  of  Holy  Scripture  or  a  few  lines  out  of  some  other 
holy  book.  St.  Teresa  tells  us  that  she  thus  helped  her 
self  with  a  book  for  seventeen  years.  By  this  short  read 
ing,  the  mind  is  rendered  attentive  and  is  set  on  a  train 
of  thought.  Further  to  help  the  mind  you  can  ask  your 
self  some  such  questions  as  the  following:  What  does 
this  mean  ?  What  lesson  does  it  teach  me  ?  What  have 


b6  Is  Menial  Prayer  Easy/1 

I  done  about  this  in  the  past  ?  What  shall  I  now  do,  and 
how? 

Two  remarks  are  here  most  important.  The  first  is, 
that  care  must  be  taken  not  to  read  too  much,  but  to  stop 
when  any  thought  strikes  the  mind.  If  the  reading  is 
prolonged,  if,  for  example,  in  a  short  prayer  of  half  an 
hour  you  were  to  read  for  ten  minutes,  the  exercise  would 
be  changed  into  spiritual  reading.  The  second  remark 
is,  that  you  must  not  be  distressed  if  you  find  the  mind 
torpid,  and  if  only  one  or  two  very  simple  thoughts  pre 
sent  themselves.  It  is  by  no  means  necessary  to  have 
many  thoughts,  or  to  indulge  in  deep  and  well  arranged 
reflections.  The  object  of  mental  prayer  is  not  to  preach 
a  well  prepared  and  eloquent  sermon  to  yourself:  the 
object  is  to  pray.  If  one  simple  thought  makes  you  pray, 
why  distress  yourself  because  you  have  not  other  and 
more  elaborate  thoughts?  If  you  wanted  to  reach  the 
top  of  a  roof  you  would  not  trouble  yourself  because  your 
ladder  was  a  short  one,  provided  it  was  long  enough  to 
land  you  safely  on  the  roof.  The  end  is  gained.  If  one 
simple  reflection  enables  you  to  pray,  you  would,  in 
reality,  be  merely  distracting  yourself  from  prayer  in 
order  to  occupy  yourself  with  your  own  thoughts,  if  you 
were  to  go  on  developing  a  lengthy  train  of  thought. 
This  would  be  to  mistake  the  means  for  the  end,  and 
it  is  a  very  common  mistake  and  the  cause  of  great 
discouragement.  This  mistake  will  be  evident  if  you 
remember  that  while  you  are  following  out  a  line  of 
thought,  for  instance,  when  you  are  answering  the  ques 
tions  suggested  above,  you  are  conversing  with  your 
self. 

It  is  plain  therefore  that  as  your  object  is  to  converse 
with  God,  you  should  not  remain  too  long  in  talking  to 
yourself,  and  that,  therefore,  if  you  feel  a  difficulty  in 
doing  this,  you  need  not  be  distressed.  "The  progress 
of  a  soul,"  says  the  enlightened  St.  Teresa,  "does  not 
consist  in  thinking  much  of  God,  but  in  loving  Him 


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ardently;  and  this  love  is  gained  by  resolving  to  do  a 
great  deal  for  Him." 

I  have  said  that  misunderstanding  this  point  is  the 
most  fruitful  source  of  discouragement,  and  one  of  the 
commonest  reasons  for  abandoning  mental  prayer  in 
disgust,  and  the  reason  is,  because  very  few  people  are 
accustomed  to  prolonged  or  deep  thought  on  any  subject. 
Few  indeed  are  capable  of  it.  If,  therefore,  they  imagine 
that  prolonged,  if  not  deep  thought,  is  necessary  for 
mental  prayer,  they  are  in  constant  trouble  and  discour 
agement,  which  ends  in  their  abandoning  the  whole  exer 
cise  in  despair.  "If  I  might  only  be  allowed  to  pray," 
they  will  sigh  to  themselves,  "how  much  easier  it  would 
be! " 

Let  such  persons  then  clearly  understand,  that  many 
thoughts  are  not  necessary,  that  their  reflections  need 
not  be  deep  and  ought  not,  especially  in  a  prayer  of  half 
an  hour,  to  be  long,  lest  prayer  should  be  neglected  and 
the  exercise  be  changed  into  a  study.  "Meditation," 
says  St.  Alphonsus,  "is  the  needle,  which  only  passes 
through  that  it  may  draw  after  it  the  golden  thread,  which 
is  composed  of  affections,  petitions,  and  resolutions." 
The  needle  is  only  used  in  order  to  draw  the  thread  after 
it.  If  then  you  were  to  meditate  for  an  hour,  and  think 
out  a  subject  in  all  its  details,  but  without  constant  acts 
and  petitions,  you  would  be  working  hard  with  an  un 
threaded  needle. 

Men's  minds  differ  as  much  as  their  features,  and  some 
men,  especially  those  employed  in  very  distracting  duties, 
need  more  thought  before  they  can  pray  than  others,  but 
many,  especially  women,  will  find  that  the  effort,  after 
prolonged  reflections,  will  generally  defeat  itself  and  end 
in  distraction. 

As  soon,  therefore,  as  you  feel  an  impulse  to  pray,  give 
way  to  it  at  once  in  the  best  way  you  can  by  acts  and 
petitions,  in  other  words,  begin  your  conversation  with 
God  on  the  subject  about  which  you  have  been  think 


68  Is  Mental  Prayer  Easy  r> 

ing.  Do  not  imagine,  moreover,  that  it  is  necessary  to 
wait  for  a  great  fire  to  burn  up  in  your  soul,  but  cherish 
the  little  spark  that  you  have  got.  Above  all,  never  give 
way  to  the  mistaken  notion  that  you  must  restrain  your 
self  from  prayer  in  order  to  go  through  all  the  thoughts 
suggested  by  your  book,  or  because  your  prayer  does 
not  appear  to  have  a  close  connection  with  the  subject 
of  your  meditation.  This  would  simply  be  to  turn  from 
God  to  your  own  thoughts  or  to  those  of  some  other  man. 

To  meditate  means  in  general  nothing  else  than  to 
reflect  seriously  on  some  subject.  Meditation,  as  men 
tal  prayer,  is  a  serious  reflection  on  some  religious  truth 
or  event,  united  with  reference  and  application  to  our 
selves,  in  order  thereby  to  excite  in  us  certain  pious  sen 
timents — such  as  contrition,  humility,  faith,  hope,  charity, 
etc. — and  to  move  our  will  to  form  good  resolutions  con 
formable  to  these  pious  sentiments.  Such  an  exercise 
has  naturally  a  beneficial  influence  on  our  soul  and  greatly 
conduces  to  enlighten  our  mind  and  to  move  our  will  to 
practise  virtue. 

"Meditation,"  writes  Madame  Cecilia,  in  her  admir 
able  work  "At  the  Feet  of  Jesus,"  "  consists  in  occupying 
ourselves  mentally  and  prayerfully  with  some  mystery  of 
the  faith.  We  call  to  mind  the  chief  facts,  ponder  over 
them,  and  then  stir  up  our  will  to  regulate  our  conduct 
in  consequence.  Hence,  meditation  is  an  exercise  of 
the  faculties  of  our  soul — memory,  understanding,  and 
will.  Some  persons  are  also  aided  by  the  imagination; 
to  others  it  is  a  hindrance.  Do  you  complain  that  you 
can  not  meditate?  Well,  let  me  ask  you:  Have  you 
ever  received  an  affront  that  cut  you  to  the  quick  ?  Then, 
perhaps,  you  did  meditate;  you  thought  over  it  for  an 
hour  or  more.  Memory  recalled  the  facts,  imagination 
supplied  extra  details  and  coloring,  the  intelligence  dis 
cussed  the  motives,  such  as  ingratitude,  jealousy,  pride; 
it  considered  the  baseness  and  the  unexpectedness  of  the 
insult;  finally,  the  "will  took  a  firm  resolution  to  avoid 


Method  of  Meditation  According  to  St.  Ignatius.    69 

that  person.  Now,  what  was  all  this  but  a  meditation 
in  which  you  employed  all  the  powers  of  your  soul? 
Moreover,  it  was  probably  made  without  a  single  dis 
traction,  which  is  of  very  rare  occurrence  when  we  medi 
tate  on  a  mystery  of  our  holy  faith. 

"Unfortunately,  the  subject  was  not  well  chosen,  but 
at  least  it  may  help  you  to  understand  that  you  are  ca 
pable  of  making  a  meditation.  Suppose  that,  instead  of 
reflecting  on  a  personal  affront,  you  had  chosen  for  sub 
ject  the  insults  received  by  Our  Lord  at  the  court  of 
Herod.  You  pictured  out  the  scene,  recalled  the  facts, 
pondered  them  over,  weighed  the  motives,  and  then 
stirred  up  yourself  to  imitate  your  divine  model.  This 
would  have  been  an  excellent  meditation.  Now  it  is 
true  that  the  Holy  Ghost  is  the  great  Master  Who 
teaches  us  how  to  pray,  but  this  does  not  dispense  us 
from  means  which  He  has  placed  at  our  disposal,  for 
'  God  helps  those  who  help  themselves,'  in  this  as  in 
temporal  enterprises.  The  masters  of  the  spiritual  life 
have  traced  out  methods  of  mental  prayer  for  their  dis 
ciples.  The  one  laid  down  by  St.  Ignatius,  in  his  '  Spir 
itual  Exercises,'  is  perhaps  the  best  known." 

It  consists  of  three  parts:  (i)  preparation,  (2)  medi 
tation  proper,  (3)  exercise  of  the  affections.  Each  of 
these  parts  is  subdivided,  and  a  few  words  on  them 
may  be  useful  to  the  reader. 


/ifcetboo  of  /IDeoitatfon  Bccorotns    to   St. 
flcjnatius. 

I.  PREPARATION. 

EAD  over  the  subject  of  the  meditation  carefully. 
This  can  be  done  the  previous  evening.  Place 
yourself  in  the  presence  of  God;  stand  (if  convenient) 
and  reflect  on  the  truth  that  God  sees  into  your  inmost 


70     Method  of  Meditation  According  to  St.  Ignatius. 

soul;  kneel  and  make  an  act  of  faith  and  an  act  of  adora 
tion  with  all  the  intensity  of  your  inmost  being. 

As  to  the  remote  preparation:  Having  read  the  sub 
ject  of  the  meditation  over  night,  reflect  what  fruit  you 
may  gather  from  it,  considering  the  actual  need  of  your 
soul.  When  in  bed,  dwell  on  no  thought  which  might 
distract  you  from  the  subject  of  the  meditation. 

When  you  awake  in  the  morning,  after  some  appro 
priate  ejaculatory  prayers,  and  after  offering  to  God  your 
heart  and  your  actions,  banish  every  other  thought;  re 
flect  before  Whom  you  are  about  to  appear,  and  try  to 
excite  in  yourself  some  affection,  analogous  to  the  fruit 
which  you  desire  to  gather  from  the  meditation. 

The  acts  of  faith  and  adoration  need  not  occupy  much 
time.  They  have  for  object  to  prepare  you  by  devout 
recollection  to  commune  with  God.  They  form  the 
immediate  preparation,  together  with  the  preludes. 

ist  Prelude. — This  is  an  exercise  of  the  imagination 
which  you  can  omit  if  you  do  not  find  it  helpful.  Pic 
ture  to  yourself  some  scene  connected  with  the  mystery 
which  forms  the  subject  of  your  meditation,  i.e.,  form 
your  composition  0}  place. 

2d  Prelude. — Ask  for  a  grace  in  keeping  with  the 
mystery  on  which  you  intend  to  meditate.  Thus,  if  you 
have  chosen  the  Passion  of  Our  Lord,  pray  for  a  deep 
hatred  of  sin  or  perfect  contrition. 

II.  THE  MEDITATION  PROPER. 

Having  called  to  mind  very  vividly,  by  acts  of  faith 
and  adoration,  that  you  are  in  the  presence  of  God; 
having  made  your  preparatory  prayer;  having  formed 
your  composition  of  place,  if  desirable,  by  means  of  the 
imagination,  and  having  finished  your  preludes,  you  pro 
ceed  to  the  meditation  proper,  namely,  to  the  second 
part. 

Here  we  consider  the  subject  carefully  and  devoutly. 
If  you  have  for  subject  some  maxim  of  Our  Lord,  think 


Method  of  Meditation  According  to  St.  Ignatius.     71 

when,  where,  and  why  He  uttered  it.  See  what  lesson 
you  can  learn  from  it,  and  how  far  your  conduct  is  at 
variance  with  the  precept.  Take  a  practical  resolution 
to  amend.  Determine  some  definite  act  of  virtue  in 
question.  A  vague  purpose  of  amendment  is  useless. 

In  this  part  of  the  meditation,  avoid  spending  all  the 
time  in  reflections,  since  they  are  a  means,  not  an  end. 
Their  great  object  is  to  stir  up  your  will  to  do  some  good 
action,  and  to  serve  as  solid  foundation  for  your  reso 
lutions.  The  most  important  part  of  meditation  is  the 
exercise  of  the  affections,  and  all  the  preceding  steps 
should  lead  up  to  this  essential  point. 

As  Father  Chaignon,  S  J.,  says  in  his  "  Sacerdotal 
Meditations ;"  "  Prayer  is  a  gift  of  the  Spirit  of  God ;  it  is 
a.  science  of  which  this  Holy  Spirit  is  the  first,  or  rather 
the  only,  veritable  Master.  Let  us  earnestly  pray  to  Him 
to  grant  us  this  gift,  which  shall  be  for  us  the  channel  of 
the  most  precious  graces.  Let  us  learn  of  Him  this 
science,  which  is  so  important  a  part  of  the  science  of  the 

saints." 

Domine,  doce  nos  orare.  (Luke  i.  n.)  He  teaches  it, 
says  St.  Bernard,  in  acting  upon  our  memory,  our  in 
tellect,  and  our  will.  Monet,  et  docet,  et  movet;  monet 
memoriam,  docet  rationem,  movet  voluntatem :  sugge- 
rendo,  instruendo,  afficiendo.  (St.  Bernard,  Serm.  de 
Pent.).  One  could  not  have  more  clearly  designated 
the  exercises  of  the  three  faculties,  in  which  the  method  of 
St.  Ignatius  precisely  consists. 

A.  The  Memory:  Propose  to  yourself  the  whole  sub 
ject  of  the  meditation;   place  before  yourself  the  whole 
of  the  truth  or  mystery  under  consideration,  as  if  you 
were  relating  or    describing   it  to  another  person  very 
clearly  and  briefly.     An  act  of  faith  will  help  you. 

B.  The  Intellect  or  Understanding :  It  first  considers 
the  truth  and  then  makes  the  application. 

i.  Consider  what  you  have  to  believe,  or  do,  with  re 
spect  to  the  truth  which  vou  have  proposed  to  yourself; 


7  2     Method  of  Meditation  According  to  St.  Ignatius. 

what  lesson  for  the  amendment  of  your  life  you  will  fi&d 
in  this  truth,  or  in  this  mystery.  Search  for  it,  and  as 
soon  as  you  have  arrested  it,  you  will  pass  on.  to  the  con 
sideration  of  some  motives,  which  may  move  your  heart 
and  engage  you  to  put  it  in  practice. 

2.  Examine  also  very  carefully  how  much  you  esteem 
a  truth  so  important  for  your  salvation  as  that  which 
engages  your  attention ;  whether  you  are  in  the  habit  of 
regulating  your  conduct  by  what  it  inculcates,  or  whether 
you  are  negligent  with  regard  to  it.  Admit  your  negli 
gence;  acknowledge  your  faults.  What  is  the  cause  of 
your  errors?  What  means  will  you  employ  to  avoid 
them? 

C.  The  Will  : 

1.  Pious    affections    are    aroused.     These    affections 
differ  as  the  subject  varies,  or  in  accordance  with  the 
dispositions  of  the  soul  and  the  motions  of  the  Holy  Spirit 
— confusion,  shame,  and  contrition;  distrust  of  ourselves; 
confidence  in  God;    thanksgiving;    offering  of  ourselves; 
sacrifice  of  ivlmtever  obstructs  or  retards  perfection;  resig 
nation;   abandonment  to  the  will  of  God. 

2.  The  will  makes  strong  resolutions,  with  regard  to 
a  certain  virtue,  for  instance,  humility,  or,  with  regard 
to  certain  occasions  and  certain  means,  tending  to  greatei 
perfection. 

3.  You  will  make  some  colloquies,  especially  toward 
the  end  of  the  meditation. 

III.  COLLOQUY. 

This  is  a  direct  prayer;  so  make  acts  of  faith,  hope, 
charity,  etc.,  as  they  are  suggested  by  the  subject  of  your 
meditation.  This  part  of  the  meditation  should  occupy 
perhaps  one-fifth  of  the  whole  time  alloted  to  the  exercise. 

The  colloquy  may  also  be  called  a  familiar  and  re 
spectful  address  to  God,  in  which  we  praise  Him,  thank 
Him,  beg  His  pardon,  ask  Him  for  some  grace,  some- 


Method  of  Meditation  According  to  St.  Ignatius.    73 

times  as  His  child,  sometimes  as  His  servant  or  spouse. 
In  the  colloquies  we  may  also  address  ourselves  to  Jesus 
Christ,  the  Blessed  V  irgin,  or  the  saints. 


RESOLUTIONS   AND    SPIRITUAL  BOUQUET  AFTER 
MEDITATION. 

Finish  with  the  offering  of  resolutions.  You  can  use 
a  set  form,  or  your  own  words.  Then,  as  a  reminder  of 
your  meditation,  choose  a  "spiritual  bouquet,"  that  is, 
some  thought  which  bears  on  the  subject  and  which 
you  can  recall  when  tempted  to  break  your  resolution. 

Finally,  recite  some  vocal  prayer,  such  as  the  Our 
Father,  Hail  Mary,  or  the  Anima  Chris ti.  This  is  a 
brief  exposition  of  the  Ignatian  method. 

Remember  that  there  are  times  of  spiritual  desolation, 
when  mental  prayer  or  meditation  is  very  difficult.  This 
is  not  a  reason  for  neglecting  or  curtailing  your  medita 
tion.  Try  to  fix  your  attention  and  say  some  vocal 
prayers  to  obtain  the  grace  you  desire;  humble  yourself 
before  God;  do  not  be  discouraged.  God  asks  for  your 
efforts;  the  success  does  not  depend  entirely  on  you. 

When  you  find  sufficient  food  for  reflection  and  affec 
tions  in  one  point,  do  not  be  in  a  hurry  to  pass  on  to  the 
next. 

Do  not  adhere  slavishly  to  the  thoughts  suggested  in 
the  colloquies;  those  that  come  to  you  naturally  are  far. 
more  helpful.  Speak  to  God  with  respectful  familiarity. 

In  choosing  your  resolution,  base  it  on  some  well 
grounded  motive;  endeavor  to  foresee  when  and  how 
you  can  put  it  into  practice.* 

*  Those  who  desire  further  information  on  this  subject  can 
consult  the  "  Method  of  Meditation"  by  Pere  Roothan,  S.J.,  or 
any  other  similar  work. 


74     Outlines  of  the  Sulpician  Method  of  Meditation. 

Outlines  of  tbe  Sulpician  flDetboo  of 
/IDeoitation, 

PART  I. — THE  PREPARATION. 

1.  Remote  Preparation  : 

Detachment  from  sin. 

Mortification  of  the  passions. 

Control  of  the  interior  and  exterior  senses. 

2.  Proximate  Preparation : 

On  the  preceding  evening  and  in  the  morning  to 
think  over  the  subject  of  meditation,  and,  in  particu 
lar: 

(a)  What  we  should  consider  in  Our  Lord; 

(b)  The  motives  proper  to  convince  us; 

(c)  The  resolutions  we  should  take. 

To  keep  strict  silence  from  the  evening  till  the  next 
morning  after  prayer. 

To  go  to  prayer  with  gladness  and  humility. 

3 .  Immediate  Preparation  : 

To  put  one's  self  in  the  presence  of  God  by  acts  of 
faith  and  adoration. 

To  acknowledge  one's  self  unworthy  to  appear 
before  God  and  to  be  suffered  in  His  presence,  mak 
ing  acts  of  humility,  contrition,  and  union  with  Our 
Lord. 

To  acknowledge  one's  self  incapable  of  praying, 
on  account  of  blindness  of  intellect  and  perverseness 
of  the  will. 

To  invoke  the  Holy  Ghost. 

PART  II. — THE  BODY  OF  THE  PRAYER. 

First  Point:   Adoration. 

To  consider  in  Our  Lord  the  subject  proposed  for 
meditation — His  sentiments,  His  words,  His  actions. 

To  discharge  toward  Him  our  duties  of  adoration, 
admiration,  praise,  thanksgiving,  love,  and  joy  or 
compassion. 


Outlines  of  the  Sulpician  Method  of  Meditation.      75 

Second  Point :  Communion. 

Consideration  of  the  motives  leading  to  virtue  and 
withdrawing  from  vice;  consideration  of  the  circum 
stances  of  the  mysteries. 

Reflection  on  one's  self,  with  sentiments  of  contri 
tion  for  the  past,  confusion  for  the  present,  and  desire 
for  the  future. 

Petition,  with  humility,  confidence,   and  persever 
ance. 
Third  Point:    Cooperation. 

To  take  resolutions — definite,  present,  efficacious. 

To  have  great  distrust  in  one's  self. 

To  put  entire  confidence  in  Our  Lord. 

PART  III. — THE  CONCLUSION. 

To  thank  God  for  having  suffered  us  in  His  presence 
and  for  the  graces  He  gave  us  during  prayer. 

To  beg  His  pardon  for  the  faults  we  may  have  com 
mitted  during  prayer. 

To  beg  His  blessing  on  our  resolutions,  the  present  day, 
our  life,  and  our  death. 

To  place  ourselves  and  the  fruit  of  our  prayer  under  the 
protection  of  the  Blessed  Virgin. 

To  make  the  spiritual  nosegay — "Sub  tuum  presi 
dium."  "O  Jesu,  vivens  in  Maria." 

Prayer:  Sub  Tuum  Presidium. 

Sub  tuum  presidium  con-  We   fly   to   thy   patronage, 

fugimus,  sancta  Dei  Genitrix;  O  holy  Mother  of   God!    de- 

nostras   deprecationes   ne  de-  spise  not  our  petitions  in  our 

spicias   in   necessitatibus   no-  necessities,    and     deliver     us 

stris;    sed  a  periculis   cunctis  from  all  dangers,  O  ever  glori- 

libera  nos,  semper  virgo  glori-  ous  and  blessed  Virgin. 
osa  et  benedicta. 

V.  Dignare  me  laudare  te,  V.  Make    me    worthy    to 

virgo  sacrata.  praise  thee,  holy  Virgin. 

R.  Da  mini  virtutem  con-  R.  Give  me  strength  against 

tra  hostes  tuos.  thine  enemies. 


76         The  Sulpician  Method  of  Mental  Prayer. 

V.  Benedictus  Deus  in  V.  Blessed  be  God  in  His 
sanctis  suis.  saints. 

R.  Amen.  R.  Amen. 

Prayer:  O  Jesu,  vivens  in  Maria. 

O  Jesu,  vivens  in  Maria,  O  Jesus,  living  in  Mary: 

veni  et  vive  in  famulis  tuis,  in  come  and  live  in  Thy  servants, 

spiritu  sanctitatis  tuae,  in  pleni-  in  the  spirit  of  Thy  holiness,  in 

tudine  virtutis  tuae  in  veri-  the  fulness  of  Thy  might,  in 

tate  virtutum  tuarum,  in  per-  the  truth  of  Thy  virtues,  in 

fectione  viarum  tuarum,  in  the  perfection  of  Thy  ways,  in 

communione  mysteriorum  tuo-  the  communion  of  Thy  mys- 

rum,  dominare  omni  ad  versae  teries;  subdue  every  hostile 

potestati,  in  spiritu  tuo  ad  power,  in  Thy  spirit,  for  the 

gloriam  Patris.  Amen.  glory  of  the  Father.  Amen. 

An  indulgence  of  three  hundred  days,  once  a  day. — Pius  IX., 
Oct.  14,  1859. 

Explanation  of  tbe  Sulpician  /IDetbofc  ot 
/IDental  prater. 

Very  Rev.  A.  Magnien,  S.S.,  D.D.,  former 
Superior  of  the  Theological  Seminary  of  St.  Sul- 
pice,  Baltimore,  in  his  introduction  to  Father  Ha- 
mon's  "Meditations,"  writes: 

This  work  is  based  upon  the  Method  of  Mental 
Prayer,  which  is  followed  in  all  Sulpician  seminaries 
and  in  many  other  religious  communities  throughout  the 
world.  This  method  is  extremely  logical  and  as  simple 
as  it  is  logical. 

Many,  however,  have  been  trained  in  the  Ignatian 
method,  and  do  not  readily  take  to  any  other. 

The  Sulpician  method  of  meditation  consists  essen 
tially  of  three  parts,  the  first  of  which  is  called  the  Prep 
aration,  the  second  the  Body  of  the  Prayer,  and  the  third 
the  Conclusion.  We  shall  devote  a  few  words  to  the 
explanation  of  each.  All  spiritual  writers  presuppose 
in  those  who  practise  meditation  a  preparation  known  as 
remote.  By  the  very  nature  of  the  case,  the  lives  of  those 


The  Sulpician  Method  of  Mental  Prayer.          77 

who  aim  at  perfection  should  be  characterized  by  detach 
ment  from  worldly  things  as  such,  and  by  the  spirit  of 
mortification.  The  method  proper,  then,  opens  with 
the  proximate  preparation.  This  should  be  made  on 
the  preceding  evening  and  in  the  morning,  continuing 
until  the  moment  we  are  ready  to  begin  our  prayer.  In 
its  main  outlines  it  is  a  summary  of  the  whole  Meditation, 
and  is  so  styled  in  Father  Hamon's  work.  After  dwell 
ing  upon  the  goodness  of  God  as  evidenced  in  each  par 
ticular  subject,  we  consider  what  we  ought  to  do  for  Him 
in  return,  and  what  means  it  were  best  to  adopt  in  view 
of  the  desired  end.  The  resolutions  flow  naturally  from 
these  considerations,  and  are  determined  in  their  char 
acter  by  them. 

We  have  now  to  deal  with  the  Body  of  the  Prayer, 
which  in  Father  Hamon's  work  falls  under  the  title 
Meditation  for  the  Morning.  In  the  first  part,  called 
Adoration,  we  study  the  subject  in  our  blessed  Lord, 
calling  to  mind  His  words,  His  actions,  and  the  spirit  of 
His  life.  The  mystery  or  virtue  as  seen  in  Him  will  in 
duce  us  to  render  to  Him  our  duties  of  adoration,  admi 
ration,  praise,  thanksgiving,  love,  joy,  or  compassion, 
according  to  circumstances.  The  second  part  (including 
points  i  and  2)  supplies  us  with  motives  and  means  of 
practising  virtue,  and  suggests,  in  each  case,  that  we 
reflect  upon  our  conduct  in  order  to  see  whether,  and  to 
what  extent,  we  possess  the  particular  virtue  recommended. 
Our  neglect  and  consequent  failure  will  inspire  us  with 
sorrow  for  the  past,  confusion  for  the  present,  and  desire 
for  the  future.  Recognizing  that  God  only  can  give 
effect  to  our  desires,  we  earnestly  implore  Him  to  grant 
us  the  virtue  upon  which  we  have  been  meditating. 
That  nothing  may  be  wanting  to  success,  we  in  the  third 
part  of  the  Body  of  the  Prayer  make  definite  resolutions 
for  the  present  day,  thus  insuring  our  own  cooperation. 

What  we  have  termed  the  Conclusion  is  made  up  of 
acts  in  which  we  thank  God  for  the  graces  which  He  has 


78  Bishop  Bettor d's  Summary  of  a  Method  of  Meditation. 

bestowed  upon  us  during  prayer,  and  beg  His  pardon 
for  any  faults  of  which  we  may  have  been  guilty  whilst 
holding  commune  with  Him. 

The  Spiritual  Nosegay  is  a  text  taken  from  the  Sacred 
Scriptures,  or  from  the  Fathers,  or  from  the  Office  of 
the  Church,  which  both  summarizes  and  suggests  the 
considerations  and  resolutions  of  the  morning.  Those 
who  desire  more  intimate  acquaintance  with  this  excel 
lent  method  will  find  an  admirable  exposition  of  its  sev 
eral  parts  in  Father  Faber's  treatises:  "  Growth  in  Holi 
ness"  in  the  chapter  on  Prayer. 

Bisbop  Belloro's  Summary  of  a  flDetboo  of 
/IDeottation.* 

REMOTE  PREPARATION. 

1.  Read  the  meditation  over-night. 

2.  Review  it  at  intervals  till  next  morning. 

3.  Affections  of  love  and  joy  up  to  the  meditation. 

INTRODUCTION. 

1.  Place  yourself  in  the  presence  of  God. 

2.  Act  of  humility:  acknowledge  your  unworthiness- 

3.  Confess  your  incapacity:  ask  for  aid. 

THE  MEDITATION. 
7.  Adoration. 

1.  Contemplate  the  subject  in  God  the  Father,  or  in 

Jesus  Christ,  with  reference  to  His  (i.)  Disposi 
tions,  (ii.)  Words,  (iii.)  Actions. 

2.  Offer  Him,  with  respect  to  the  subject,  (i.)  Adora 

tion,  (ii.)  Admiration,   (iii.)   Praise,  (iv.)   Love, 
(v.)  Joy,  (vi.)  Gratitude. 
II.  Reflection. 

Transfer  to  yourself  what  you  have  contemplated  in 
God,  considering: 

*  Fiom  Rt.  Rev.  James  Bellord's  "Outlines  of  Meditations." 


Bishop  Bellord's  Summary  of  a  Method  of  Meditation.    79 

1.  What  example,  or  warning,  or  knowledge,  is  to  be 

gathered  with  a  view  to  your  own  case? 

2.  What  are  your  past  negligences,  present  deficiencies, 

future  needs? 

3.  What  grace  do  you  require  from  God? 
III.  Action. 

1.  Petition. 

(i.)  Simple  petition. 

(ii.)  With  obsecration  (through  the  merits  of  Christ. 

the  Blessed  Virgin,  etc.). 
(iii.)  WTith  thanksgiving, 
(iv.)  With  intercession  for  others. 
N.B. — Your  petitions  must  be  (i.)  Humble;  (ii.)  Con 
fident;    (iii.)  Persevering. 

2.  Resolutions. 

(i.)  Let  them  be  practical, 
(ii.)  For  immediate  use. 
(iii.)  Adapted  to  your  special  case, 
(iv.)  Efficacious. 

3.  Colloquies. 

With  God  the  Father,  Jesus  Christ,  the  Blessed 
Virgin,  your  Guardian  Angel,  etc. 

CONCLUSION. 

1.  Thanksgiving. 

(i.)  For  admission  to  God's  presence, 
(ii.)  For  ability  to  pray, 
(iii.)  For  lights  received. 

2.  Contrition. 

For  faults  committed,  with  a  brief  examination  of 
the  meditation. 

3.  Oblation. 

Offer  the  meditation  to  God  by  the  hands  of  the 
Blessed  Virgin  for  the  supplying  of  all  defects. 

4.  Spiritual  Bouquet. 

Sum  up  the  meditation  in  a  maxim  or  ejaculation 
to  be  recalled  during  the  day. 


80  Method  of  Particular  Examination. 

/ifcetboo  of  particular  Examination  in 
Striving  after  perfection, 


are  two  kinds  of  examination  (or  examen)  — 
general  and  particular.      The  object  of  the  first  is 
to  discover  all  the  faults  we  have  committed. 

The  second  or  particular  examination  has  for  its 
object  one  single  fault  or  bad  habit,  which  we  have  re 
solved  to  correct. 

It  is  made  every  day  in  the  following  manner: 

1.  In  the  morning,  on  rising,  resolve  to  avoid  this  sin 
or  defect. 

2.  Toward  noon,  ask  of  God  the  grace  to  remember 
how  often  you  have  fallen  into  it,  and  to  avoid  it  for  the 
future.     Then  examine,  thinking  over  the  time  passed 
since  your  rising,  ascertaining  the  number    of    faults 
committed,  and   marking  them  by  so  many  points  in 
the  first  line  of  a  table  like  the  following: 


Days  0}  the  Week. 


I 


ist    j 
day    \ 

2d 

day 

3d    j. 
day    \ 

4th    j 
day    I 

5th 
day 


6th  (_. 

day  ( . 

7th  ( 

day  I 

This  done,  renew  your  resolutions  for  the  rest  of  the  day 


2'he  Subject  -matter  of  the  Particular  Examen.      81 

3.  In  the  evening,  after  supper,  or  at  nightfall,  a  new 
examination  like  the  first,  marking  the  faults  on  the 
second  line  for  the  day. 

Observations. 

1.  At  each  fault  against  the  resolutions  you  have  taken, 
as  soon  as  you  recollect,  yourself,  put  your  hand  on  your 
heart  and  repent  of  your  fall. 

This  can  be  done  without  being  observed  by  any  one. 

2.  At  night,  count  the  points  of  the  two  examinations, 
and  see  if  from  the  first  to  the  second  you  have  made  any 
amendment  or  progress. 

3.  Compare  in  the  same  way  the  day  or  the  week, 
which  is  ending,  with  the  preceding  day  or  week.     The 
lines  of  the  record  diminish  in  length,  from  the  ist  to  the 
7th  day,  because  it  is  reasonable  to  expect  that  the  num 
ber  of  the  faults  should  likewise  diminish. 

4.  The  subject  of  the  particular  examen  should  be 
ordinarily  the  predominant    pagoicn  —  that  is,  the  one 
which  is  the  source  of  the  greater  number  of  faults  that 
you  commit,  and  which  consequently  is  the  great  obstacle 
to  your  sanctification. 

5.  This    examination    on    the    predominant    passion 
should  be  continued,  until  it  is  entirely  overcome,  or,  at 
least,  notably  weakened. 

Subject-matter  of  tbe  particular 


V  VJ  I  'HAT  is  the  subject-matter  of  the  Particular  Ex 
^J^»  animation?  According  to  St.  Ignatius,  it  is  "thfe 
particular  sin  or  defect,"  that  is,  imperfection  of  any  kind, 
"of  which  one  wishes  to  correct  himself."  The  same  idea 


*  From  "  First  Lessons  in  the  Science  of  the  Saints,"  by  R. 
Meyer,  S.J. 


82      The  Subject-matter  of  the  Particular  Examen. 

is  conveyed  by  the  words  which  the  priest  says  at  the 
Offertory  of  the  Mass,  whe,n  he  prays  :  "Accept,  O  holy 
Father,  almighty  and  everlasting  God,  this  immaculate 
victim  which  I,  Thy  unworthy  servant,  offer  Thee  for 
my  innumerable  sins,  and  offences,  and  negligences." 

Sins,  in  this  connection,  are  faults  properly  so  called— 
in  thought,  word,  deed,  and  omission—  and  into  which  we 
frequently  and  deliberately  fall.  Offences  are  faults  less 
properly  so  called,  which  we  are  wont  to  commit  through 
human  frailty  and  inadvertence,  just  as  a  traveller  walk 
ing  upon  slipper}'  ground  is  apt  to  fall,  when  he  is  ever 
so  little  off  his  guard.  Negligences  are  shortcomings 
which  can  not  properly  be  classed  with  sins  of  omission, 
and  which  do  not  wholly  vitiate  our  actions,  but  which 
dim  their  lustre  and  mar  their  perfection.  Such,  for 
example,  are  all  those  shortcomings,  which  result  from 
a  lack  of  fervor,  of  a  pure  intention,  of  full  correspond 
ence  with  the  lights  and  graces  vouchsafed  us,  and  of 
other  qualities  which  ought  to  shine  forth  in  our  actions 
and  in  our  whole  lives. 

The  Particular  Examination,  therefore,  should  be 
directed:  first,  towards  avoiding  all  deliberate  sins; 
secondly,  towards  diminishing  the  number  of  our  lesser 
offences,  and,  as  far  as  possible,  avoiding  them;  thirdly, 
towards  diminishing  the  number  of  our  negligences,  and, 
as  far  as  possible,  avoiding  them.  In  all  these  cases,  there 
is  question  of  amending  some  fault,  whether  it  be  a  sin 
strictly  so  called,  or  a  want  of  perfect  fidelity  and  cor 
respondence  on  our  part.  Hence  St.  Ignatius  very 
properly  mentions  only  sins  and  defects,  as  the  subject 
matter  of  the  Particular  Examination  of  Conscience, 
yet  it  is  obvious,  that  we  can  not  avoid  those  shortcom 
ings  called  negligences,  except  by  the  practice  of  the 
missing  virtue  or  perfection.  For  instance,  if  the  negli 
gence  consists  in  the  lack  of  a  pure  intention  in  our 
actions,  the  only  way  to  correct  it  is  to  be  careful  in 
future  to  have  such  an  intention,  and  this  implies  posi- 


The  Subjeci-matter  of  the  Particular  Examen.     83 

tive  acts  of  virtue.  In  general,  sins  or  evil  habits  may 
be  overcome,  either  directly  by  repressing  them,  or  indi 
rectly  by  practising  the  contrary  virtues.  The  former  is 
called  the  negative,  and  the  latter  the  positive  method. 
Both  methods  are  indicated  by  the.  author  of  the  Imi 
tation,  when  he  writes:  "Two  things  particularly  con 
duce  to  a  great  amendment;  these  are,  forcibly  to  with 
draw  one's  self  from  that  to  which  nature  is  viciously 
inclined,  and  earnestly  to  labor  for  the  good  which  one 
wants  the  most." 

But,  whether  we  pursue  the  negative  or  the  positive 
method,  it  is  essential  to  full  success  that  the  sub 
ject-matter  be  sharply  denned.  Not  only  must  we  aim 
at  the  correction  of  our  vice,  or  the  acquisition  of 
one  virtue  at  a  time,  but  often  we  must  subdivide  the 
matter  into  several  parts,  corresponding  to  the  different 
ways  in  which  either  the  vice  or  the  virtue  shows  itself. 
For  example,  if  we  wish  to  apply  our  Particular  Exam 
ination  to  rooting  out  pride  and  implanting  humility 
in  our  hearts,  it  is  not  sufficient  to  propose  to  ourselves 
in  general,  not  to  take  pride  in  anything  and  to  humble 
ourselves  in  everything.  Thus  proposed,  the  subject- 
matter  is  altogether  too  comprehensive.  For  pride  may 
betray  itself  in  ambitious  thoughts,  in  boastful  words,  in 
haughty  deeds;  humility,  on  the  other  hand,  may  mani 
fest  itself  in  lowliness  of  spirit,  in  meekness  of  speech,  in 
modesty  of  demeanor.  And  each  one  of  these  subdi 
visions  furnishes  ample  matter  for  the  Particular  Exam 
ination  of  Conscience. 

So  much  being  presupposed,  we  may  ask:  What 
should  we  take  as  the  subject  of  our  Particular  Exam 
ination?  To  this  question  no  general  answer  can  be 
given.  It  is  a  matter  which  the  advice  of  a  prudent  con 
fessor  or  director,  aided  by  the  self-knowledge  derived 
from  prayer  and  especially  from  the  General  Examina 
tion,  must  determine  for  each  one  of  us,  according  to 
circumstances.  However,  as  a  guide  for  the  confessor  or 


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director,  as  well  as  for  the  penitent,  spiritual  writers  lay 
down  the  following  rules: 

1 .  Strive  to  subdue  your  vice  before  you  apply  your 
self  to  trie  acquisition  of  virtue.     "The  husbandman 
frees  his  field  from  briars,  nettles,  and  noxious  weeds, 
before  he  scatters  the  good  seed  over  it.     In  like  manner, 
he  that  tills  the  soil  of  his  heart,  should  begin  by  rooting 
up  his  vices,  and  then  devote  himself  to  cultivating  the 
virtues  which  will  bear  fruits  of  holiness,  while  at  the 
same  time  they  will  check  the  undergrowth  of  vice." 
The  first  subject,  therefore,  of  the  Particular  Examina 
tion  should  be  deliberate  sins.     Until  they  have  been 
cleared  away,  we  look  in  vain  for  a  healthy  growth  of 
virtues. 

2.  Correct  your  external  faults  before  others  which  are 
purely  internal.     The  latter  easily  escape  the  scrutiny 
of  one  who  has  little  experience  in  the  spiritual  life.     They 
may  not  be  voluntary,  because  not  all  our  internal  actions 
are  under  the  control  of  the  will;  and  so  it  often  happens, 
that  the  beginner  is  unable  to  tell  how  far,  if  at  all,  he  is 
to  blame.     Begin,  therefore,  with  external  actions,  which 
are  more  easily  governed,  and  more  readily  recognized 
as  culpable,  when  they  deviate  from  the  laws  of  God  and 
of  right  reason.     By  thus  regulating  your  external  ac 
tions,  you  will  gradually  weaken  the  vices  in  which  they 
have  their  origin.      For  instance,  if  the  high  opinion 
which  you  have  of  yourself,  shows  itself  in  haughty  or 
boastful  words,  the  effort  to  check  them  will  make  itself 
felt  in  your  heart,  and  will  deaden  the  sentiment  of  ego 
tism  which  finds  expression  in  them. 

3.  If  you  are  subject  to  a,  variety  of  external  faults, 
try  to  free  yourself  first  from  such  as  are  more  likely  to 
give  scandal  or  to  detract  from  the  esteem  which  a  life 
of  virtue  ought  to  inspire  ii\  others.     For  example,  if 
you    are   accustomed    to   speak   hastily,    thoughtlessly, 
sharply,  and  thereby  perhaps  wound  the  feelings  or  in 
jure  the  reputation  of  your  neighbor,  reason  and  charity 


The  Subject-matter  of  the  Particular  Examen.       85 

requite  you  to  correct  these  defects  before  others  which, 
in  themselves,  may  be  far  more  serious. 

4.  Again,  amend  your  deeds  before  your  words;   be 
cause,  as  St.  Ignatius  teaches  in  the  General  Examina 
tion  of  Conscience,  sins  of  deed  are  more  serious  than 
others,   for  a  threefold  reason:    namely,   "on  account 
of  the  greater  length  of  time,  the  greater  intensity  of 
the   act,   and   the   greater   number   scandalized  or  in 
jured." 

5.  Beware,  however,  of  being  so  intent  on  the  correc 
tion  of  external  faults,  as  to  pass  your  whole  life  therein. 
After  all,  it  is  not  external  propriety,  but  internal  purity, 
that  we  must  propose  to  ourselves  as  our  ultimate  aim. 
We  are  engaged  in  a  conflict  with  vice,  and  vice  is  rooted 
in  the  heart. 

Find  out,  therefore,  by  means  of  the  General  Examina 
tion,  what  is  the  vice  that  has  the  upper  hand  in  you ;  in 
other  words,  find  out  what  is  the  chief  disorder  intro 
duced  into  the  soul  by  your  predominant  passion.  There 
is  your  danger,  there  is  the  spot  which  your  enemy  will 
attack,  there  is  the  traitor,  ready  to  take  sides  with  him 
and  to  deliver  you  into  his  hands,  there  is  the  Goliath, 
whose  head  you  must  cut  off  in  order  to  free  yourself 
from  the  hands  of  the  Philistines. 

If  several  vices  or  disorderly  passions  of  different  kinds 
hold  sway  in  your  soul,  see  of  what  nature  they  are. 
Some  vices  may  be  spiritual,  because  they  seem,  as  it 
were,  to  spring  up  from  the  soul  itself.  Such  a  vice  is 
pride,  with  all  its  varieties  of  vainglory,  ambition,  haughti 
ness,  disdain,  and  the  like.  Other  vices,  on  the  contrary, 
are  wholly  carnal,  because  they  proceed  more  directly 
from  the  sinful  appetites  of  the  body.  Such  a  vice  is 
sensuality  under  all  its  forms  of  impurity,  gluttony, 
sloth,  and  so  forth.  These  carnal  vices,  if  not  restrained, 
are  a  source  of  great  and  imminent  danger;  and,  there 
fore,  a  person  who  is  molested  by  them  should  subdue 
them  before  he  undertakes  the  combat  against  spiritual 


86      The  Subject-matter  of  the  Particular  Examen. 

vices,  which  may  indeed  inflict  many  slight  wounds  upon 
the  soul,  but  which  do  not  easily  kill  it. 

6.  In  case  you  are  not  troubled  by  any  vice  in  par 
ticular,  or  have  so  far  subdued  them  that  your  faults  are 
few  and  light,  it  is  well  for  you  to  change  from  the  nega 
tive  method  to  the  positive,  and  to  take,  as  the  subject 
of  your  Particular  Examination,  the  virtue  which  you 
desire  especially  to  acquire.  For  though,  as  already 
stated,  the  immediate  object  of  the  Particular  Examina 
tion  is  the  correction  of  your  faults,  it  is  not  well  to  spend 
your  whole  time  in  this  alone.  He  that  is  engaged  in 
weeding  a  garden,  is  well  employed;  but  it  does  not  fol 
low  therefrom  that  he  must  never  do  anything  else.  On 
the  contrary,  the  object  he  should  have  in  view  in  pulling 
up  the  weeds,  is  to  plant  flowers  in  their  place.  In  like 
manner,  when  you  spend  your  Particular  Examination 
in  rooting  up  the  vicious  inclinations  of  your  soul,  you 
should  propose  to  yourself  to  plant  the  sweet-scented 
flowers  of  virtue  in  their  stead. 

What  should  move  you,  above  all,  to  adopt  the  positive 
method,  when  your  passions  rarely  rise  in  open  or  vio 
lent  revolt  against  reason,  is  that  otherwise  you  will 
derive  little  or  no  profit  from  your  Particular  Examina 
tion.  In  fact,  the  occasions  of  combat  being  rare,  you 
are  apt  to  forget  the  subject  altogether  and  to  imagine 
that  your  enemies  have  surrendered  when  they  have 
only  withdrawn  into  their  stronghold.  You  fancy,  for 
sooth,  that  you  have  subdued  the  passion  of  anger,  be 
cause  nothing  has  occurred  to  ruffle  your  temper.  But 
you  are  greatly  deceived.  It  is  not  astonishing  that  the 
sea  is  smooth  when  there  is  not  a  breath  of  air  to  dis 
turb  the  calm.  Neither  is  it  astonishing  that  you  are 
quiet,  when  chere  is  not  a  living  soul  to  arouse  your 
wrath.  Your  passions  seem  to  be  dead ;  but,  in  reality, 
they  are  only  asleep.  Unless  you  strengthen  and  arm 
yourself  then,  while  they  leave  you  a  little  respite,  they 
"will  assault  you  all  the  more  violently,  when  they  awake. 


The  Subject-mailer  of  the  Particular  Examen.      87 

Instead,  therefore,  of  laboring  to  correct  a  defect 
which  you  seldom  commit,  aim  at  acquiring  the  oppo 
site  perfection.  Do  you  wish  to  guard  against  ever 
treating  others  with  haughtiness  or  contempt  ?  Learn 
to  look  upon  yourself  as  the  least  of  all ;  and  take,  as  the 
subject  of  your  Particular  Examination,  the  practice  of 
humiliation.  Do  you  wish  to  make  sure  of  not  repining 
when  adversity  will  come  to  try  you?  Endeavor  to  see 
the  hand  of  God  in  all  the  occurrences  of  life;  and  take, 
as  the  subject  of  your  Particular  Examination,  the  prac 
tice  of  perfect  conformity  to  the  divine  will.  Whatever 
virtue  you  select,  let  it  be  genuine,  solid,  supernatural, 
capable  of  bearing  the  stress  of  trying  circumstances 
and  of  being  carried  to  the  highest  degree  of  perfection. 
Let  it  be  the  virtue  which  is  most  opposed  to  your  pre 
dominant  passion,  the  virtue  which  you  need  most  in 
your  present  state  and  condition  of  life,  or  the  virtue 
which  will  unite  you  most  closely  to  God,  the  source  and 
centre  of  all  holiness  and  perfection. 

Having  thus  determined  the  subject-matter,  we  per 
form  the  Particular  Examination,  together  with  the 
General  Examination,  as  an  adjunct  and  auxiliary  to  it. 
That  we  may  do  so  with  the  best  possible  results,  St. 
Ignatius,  who  was  the  first  to  reduce  the  Particular 
Examination  to  a  systematic  form  and  to  promote  its 
practice  throughout  the  world,  gives  us  some  valuable 
directions.  "The  daily  Particular  Examination,"  he 
writes,  "embraces  three  times  and  two  sittings.  The 
first  time  is  straightway  in  the  morning  on  rising,  when  a 
person  resolves  to  guard  diligently  against  the  particular 
sin  or  defect,  which  he  desires  to  correct.  The  second 
time  is  in  the  middle  of  the  day,  when,  after  begging 
light  to  know  how  often  he  has  offended  Almighty  God, 
he  begins  the  scrutiny  of  his  conscience,  as  explained  in 
the  General  Examination,  by  first  demanding  an  account 
of  his  soul  concerning  the  particular  fault  in  question  .  .  . 
from  the  hour  at  which  he  rose  down  to  the  present. 


88      The  Subject-matter  of  the  Particular  Examen. 

Then  he  marks  in  a  book  prepared  for  the  purpose,  how 
many  times  he  has  fallen;  and,  when  he  makes  the 
act  of  contrition  and  purpose  of  amendment  for  his  sins, 
he  includes,  in  an  especial  manner,  the  particular  fault 
in  question. 

"The  third  time  is  in  the  evening,  when  he  makes  a 
second  sifting  in  like  manner ;  and,  after  marking  in  his 
book,  how  many  times  he  has  fallen,  he  again  says  an 
act  of  contrition  and  resolves  to  be  more  on  his  guard  in 
future,  especially  against  the  particular  fault  in  question." 

These  practices,  and  especially  that  of  marking  the 
number  of  one's  falls,  will  perhaps  be  looked  upon  by 
some  as  childish  minutiae,  calculated  only  to  hamper  the 
spirit.  But  they  are  not  so  regarded  by  those  who  are 
experienced  in  the  spiritual  life.  As  a  proof,  it  may 
be  allowed  to  refer,  in  passing,  to  two  eminent  ecclesi 
astics,  now  departed,  who  were  well  known  to  some 
readers  of  these  lines,  and  who  were  highly  esteemed  by 
all  that  knew  them  for  their  sound,  practical  judgment, 
no  less  than  for  their  manly  virtue.  One  of  these  spoke 
of  the  little  book  of  the  Particular  Examination,  as  the 
pass-book,  in  which 'we  daily  note  our  current  account 
with  heaven,  and  which,  if  faithfully  kept  to  the  last, 
we  may  present  with  confidence  at  the  judgment-seat  of 
God.  The  other,  a  much-beloved  prelate,  who  had 
resigned  the  dignity  of  office  for  the  lowliness  of  a  relig 
ious  life,  on  perceiving  that  the  hour  for  the  usual  exam 
ination  of  conscience  had  come,  took  leave  of  the  friends 
with  whorr1  he  was  conversing,  and,  drawing  forth  from 
his  pocket  the  booklet  of  his  Particular  Examination, 
shook  it  playfully  in  their  faces,  with  the  remark:  "For 
me  this  is  very  necessary."  These  words,  said  with  an 
air  and  tone  of  earnest  conviction,  are  quite  as  appli 
cable  to  all  of  us  as  to  the  speaker.  Not  that  the  success 
of  the  Particular  Examination  depends  essentially  upon 
recording,  even  to  the  last  unit,  the  exact  number  of  our 
daily  failings;  but  that  neglect  in  marking  with  becom- 


The  Subject-matter  of  the  Particular  Examen.      89 

ing  diligence  the  result  of  the  Examination,  gradually 
leads  to  forgetfulness,  if  not  to  complete  disuse,  of  this 
important  exercise  in  a  fervent  Christian's  life. 

The  object  of  this  marking  of  our  faults  is  to  fix  the 
attention,  and  to  prevent  us  from  relaxing  our  efforts 
during  the  course  of  the  day.  The  same  is  true  also  of 
other  practices  recommended  by  St.  Ignatius,  under 
the  head  of  "Four  useful  additions,  for  the  easier  and 
quicker  extirpation  of  any  particular  sin  or  defect." 
"  The  first  is,  that  each  time  a  person  falls  into  that  par 
ticular  sin  or  defect,  he  lay  his  hand  on  his  breast,  and 
grieve  for  his  fault.  This  he  can  do  even  in  the  presence 
of  others,  without  their  perceiving  it." 

"The  second  is,  that  at  night,  after  making  the  second 
scrutiny  of  his  conscience,  he  compare  it  with  the  first, 
"and  observe  if  any  amendment  has  taken  place." 

"The  third  is,  that  he  compare  the  examination  of  the 
first  and  second  day,  and  see  if  there  has  been  any  im 
provement." 

"The  fourth  is,  that  he  compare  one  week  with  an 
other,  and  note  if,  in  the  present  week,  he  has  improved 
on  the  preceding."  Made  in  accordance  with  these 
directions,  the  Particular  Examination  can  not  fail  to 
produce  the  happiest  results.  "It  owes  its  great  effi 
cacy,"  writes  an  experienced  director  of  souls,  "  to  these 
three  things:  first,  it  divides  our  enemies,  and  brings  all 
our  forces  to  bear  upon  one  of  them  at  a  time;  secondly, 
it  attacks  our  disorders  and  sinful  habits  at  the  root; 
thirdly,  it  keeps  us  at  work  all  day  and  calls  for  the  exer 
cise  of  every  power  of  the  soul."  And  thus  it  becomes 
the  specific  for  inveterate  and  radical  defects,  which 
resist  all  other  means  of  self-reform. 

Deep-seated  and  chronic  evils,  it  is  true,  are  not  cured 
speedily,  nor  by  the  ordinary  remedies;  but  it  is  also 
true,  that  no  spiritual  evils,  however  obstinate,  can 
resist  the  persevering  efforts  of  a  resolute  will  aided  by 
the  grace  of  God.  "Let  no  one  then  despair,"  says 


90       The  Subject-matter  of  the  Particular  Examen. 

St.  Basil,  "because  of  his  sinful  inclination;  rather,  let 
him  bear  in  mind  that,  as  skilful  culture  can  change 
the  qualities  of  trees  and  shrubs,  so  zeal  and  industry  in 
the  pursuit  of  virtue  can  check  and  correct  all  the  vicious 
affections  of  the  soul." 

In  a  similar  manner,  one  of  the  ancient  fathers  of  the 
desert  counselled  and  encouraged  an  anchoret,  who  had 
grown  so  remiss  in  the  discharge  of  all  his  spiritual  duties, 
that  lukewarmness  seemed  to  have  become  his  normal 
condition;  so  much  so  that  though  moved  to  lead  a  life 
more  worthy  of  his  calling,  he  thought  his  case  too  des 
perate  to  begin  the  work  of  self-reform.  The  venerable 
patriarch,  desiring  to  give  additional  force  to  his  advice, 
put  it  in  the  form  of  a  parable,  somewhat  as  follows:  "A 
certain  man,  having  a  field  all  overrun  with  thorns, 
briars,  and  tares,  told  his  son  to  stub  and  clear  it.  The 
youth,  therefore,  set  out  one  day  to  do  the  work  assigned 
him;  but  immediately  upon  beholding  it,  he  lost  heart, 
threw  himself  upon  the  ground,  and  spent  his  time  in  sleep. 
The  next  day  he  went  out  again,  and  did  likewise. 
Questioned  at  night  how  he  was  progressing,  he  frankly 
confessed  that  he  had  not  the  courage  to  undertake  what 
appeared  to  him  a  hopeless  task.  Whereupon  his  good 
father  reproved  him,  saying:  'You  do  wrong,  my  son, 
to  look  upon  your  work  in  the  gross,  as  if  you  had 
to  do  it  all  at  once.  Mark  out  for  yourself,  in  the 
morning,  as  much  as  you  can  easily  do  in  a  day,  and 
address  yourself  with  a  will  to  your  appointed  task. 
Before  long  you  will  find  that  it  is  not  so  hopeless  as  you 
now  fancy  to  yourself.'  The  son  followed  his  father's 
advice,  and  full  soon  the  whole  field  was  cleared." 

Let  us  all  apply  this  parable  to  ourselves,  and  mark 
out,  every  morning,  a  definite  amount  of  work  to  do  in 
the  field  which  our  heavenly  Father  has  given  us  to 
cultivate.  Let  us  daily  clear  away  some  of  the  thorns, 
briars,  and  tares  which  overrun  it  and  hinder  the  growth 
of  the  good  grain.  In  other  words,  let  us  make  strenu- 


The  Spiritual  Exercise,   jf  St.  Ignatius.  9 1 

ous  and  persevering  efforts  to  free  our  souls  from  the  sins, 
offences,  and  negligences  into  which  we  are  wont  to  fall, 
and  which  we  recognize  as  the  greatest  impediment  in 
the  way  of  a  Christian  life. 

With  this  object  in  view,  let  us  diligently  perform  the 
Particular  Examination  of  Conscience.  It  is  a  most 
efficacious  means  of  self-amendment  and  spiritual  prog 
ress.  For  it  is  a  combat  carried  on  against  our  faults, 
until  the  vices  from  which  they  spring  have  been  sub 
dued  and  replaced  by  the  opposite  virtues;  and,  as  the 
pious  author  of  the  Imitation  assures  us,  "if  every  year 
we  rooted  out  one  vice,  we  should  soon  be  perfect  men." 


TTbe  Spiritual  Exercises  of  St.  Ignatius 
arranoeo  in  praters* 

Contents. 

1.  Soul  of  Christ,  sanctify  me. 

2.  A  Prayer  of  St.  Ignatius  to  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ. 

3.  Preparatory  Prayer. 

4.  Prayer  to  obtain  the  grace  of  understanding  the 

true  end  of  man. 

5.  Prayer  to  excite  one's  self  to  Repentance. 

6.  The  Triple  Colloquy. 

7.  Colloquy  on  God's  Mercy. 

8.  Prayer  to  Jesus  Christ  that  we  may  obey  His  call. 

9.  Prayer  for  aid  in  contemplating  the  scenes  of  the 

Gospel. 

10.  Prayer  to  attain  the  three  degrees  of  Humility. 
n.  Prayer  on  the  Three  Classes. 

12.  Prayer  that  we  may  be  received  under  the  Standard 

of  our  divine  King. 

13.  Prayer  before  Election. 

14.  Prayer  in  Desolation. 

15.  Prayer  to  unite  ourselves  with  Christ's  Sufferings, 


9  2  The  Spiritual  Exercises  of  St.  Ignatius. 

1 6.  Prayer  to  Our  Lord  risen  from  the  Dead. 

17.  Prayer  to  excite  love  for  God. 

i. 

PRAYER   OF   ST.    IGNATIUS. 

BOUL  of  Christ,  sanctify  me; 
Body  of  Christ,  save  me; 
Blood  of  Christ,  inebriate  me; 
Water  from  the  side  of  Christ,  wash  me; 
Passion  of  Christ,  strengthen  me; 
O  good  Jesus,  hear  me ; 
Within  Thy  wounds  hide  me; 
Suffer  me  not  to  be  separated  from  Thee; 
From  the  evil  enemy  defend  me; 
In  the  hour  of  my  death  call  me, 
And  bid  me  come  untc  Thee, 
That  with  all  Thy  saints  I  may  praise  Thee 
For  all  eternity.     Amen. 

2. 

A  PRAYER  OF  ST.  IGNATIUS  TO  OUR  LORD  JESUS  CHRIST 

C\  BELOVED  Word  of  God,  teach  me  to  be  generous, 
^"^  to  serve  Thee  with  that  perfection  which  Thy 
majesty  claims,  to  give  without  calculation,  to  fight  with 
out  heeding  wounds,  to  labor  without  repose,  to  expend 
myself  in  Thy  service  without  thought  of  other  reward 
than  that  of  knowing  that  I  do  Thy  most  holy  will.  Amen. 


3- 

PREPARATORY  PRAYER. 


LORD,  it  is  for  the  purpose  of  conquering  myself 
that  by  Thy  grace  I  have  undertaken  these  holy 
exercises.     It  is  my  rebel  will  that  I  desire  to  vanquish  and 


O 


The  Spiritual  Exercises  of  St.  Ignatius.  93 

overcome,  my  unruly  and  disordered  affections  which  I 
desire  to  put  in  order,  so  that  my  soul  may  be  attentive 
simply  to  the  seeking  and  finding  of  Thy  will,  and  to  the 
following  of  it  alone,  in  the  ordering  and  disposing  of  my 
life. 

Give  me  a  generous  heart,  a  heart  truly  liberal,  which, 
giving  itself  to  Thee,  may  abandon  itself  without  any 
reservation  to  Thee,  its  Lord  and  Redeemer. 

0  Lord,  so  great  to  all  Thy  servants,  dispose  of  my  life, 
of  my  liberty,  of  all  that  surrounds  me.     O  my  Creator, 
speak  to  Thy  creature.     Behold  my  soul  before  Thee: 
my  will  is  as  a  scale  in  a  state  of  perfectly  equal  balance, 
which  shall  only  waver  to  one  side  or  the  other  when 
Thou  placest  in  it  the  weight  of  Thy  will  or  wish.     I 
ignore  all  natural  inclination;   my  will  is  suspended  and 
in  a  state  of  perfect  indifference.     I  have  but  one  will 
and  desire,  to  obey  and  please  Thee.     I  promise  Thee 
fidelity  to  my  exercises  of  piety,  and  to  the  full  time  <s-f 
meditation.     I  foresee  the  furious  assaults  of  the  devil, 
but  I  am  firmly  resolved  to  yield  nothing  on  this  point  to 
his  importunities. 

1  promise  Thee  to  exert  my  earnest  efforts.     It  is  for 
me  to  exercise  myself,  and  to  labor,  even  at  the  cost  of 
suffering  if  necessary;   to  examine  my  soul  and  to  rec 
tify  its  ways;  to  call  on  Thee,  to  listen  to  Thee,  to  obey 
Thee. 

I  promise  Thee  to  preserve  silence;  not  only  shall  my 
lips  remain  silent,  but  my  mind  shall  be  drawn  off  from 
the  cares  of  life,  from  the  agitations  of  the  world,  and 
from  all  vanities.  I  know  that  this  interior  and  exterior 
solitude  possesses  great  merit  in  Thy  sight.  But  above 
all  it  leaves  me  in  greater  liberty  to  find  that  which  I  so 
ardently  desire;  it  enables  me  to  approach  closely  to 
Thee,  to  lose  none  of  Thy  words,  to  be  better  disposed 
for  the  receiving  of  the  gifts  of  Thy  divine  and  supreme 
goodness. 


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PRAYER  TO  OBTAIN  THE  GRACE  OF  UNDERSTANDING  THE 
TRUE    END   OF   MAN. 

/T\AN  was  created  for  this  end — to  praise,  reverence, 
^  •  and  serve  the  Lord  his  God,  and  by  this  means 
to  arrive  at  eternal  salvation.  All  other  beings  or  objects 
placed  around  man  on  earth  have  been  created  for  him, 
to  serve  as  means  to  assist  him  in  the  pursuit  of  the  end 
for  which  he  was  created. 

We  must,  then,  above  all  things,  endeavor  to  establish 
in  ourselves  a  complete  indifference  with  regard  to  all 
created  things,  even  those  of  which  the  use  is  not  for 
bidden  us;  not  preferring,  as  far  as  depends  on  us,  health 
to  sickness,  riches  to  poverty,  honor  to  humiliation,  a 
long  life  to  a  short  one;  since  good  order  requires  that 
we  wish  for  and  choose,  in  everything,  what  will  lead  us 
most  surely  to  the  end  for  which  we  were  created. 

(Text  of  St.  Ignatius.) 

For  what  shall  it  profit  a  man,  if  he  gain  the  whole  world 
and  suffer  the  loss  of  his  soul  ?  Or  what  shall  a  man  give 
in  exchange  for  his  soul? 

(Mark  viii.  36,  37.) 

Jesus  said:  "Thou  shalt  love  the  Lord  thy  God  with 
thy  whole  heart,  and  with  thy  whole  soul,  and  with  thy 
whole  mind.  This  is  the  greatest  and  the  first  com 
mandment." 

(Matt.  xxii.  37,  38.) 

Jesus  said:  "The  Lord  thy  God  shalt  thou  adore,  and 
Him  only  shalt  thou  serve." 

(Matt.  iv.  10.) 

Lord,  Thou  hast  created  me,  Thou  hast  created  me  for 
Thyself — to  praise  Thee,  to  reverence  Thee,  to  serve  Thee. 
It  is  by  applying  myself  to  Thy  service  that  I  shall  save 
my  soul.  All  other  things  placed  around  me  in  this  world 
are  there  as  so  many  means  whereby  I  may  be  conducted 


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to  the  great  final  end  of  my  creation,  which  is  twofold  yet 
one:  to  serve  Thee  and  save  myself. 

Teach  me,  O  Lord,  to  do  my  duty,  my  only  duty  in 
this  world,  which  is  for  the  fulfilling  of  Thy  intentions 
and  designs,  to  discern  amongst  Thy  creatures — ist,  those 
which  may  aid  me,  so  as  to  use  them  so  long  as  they  may 
be  of  service  to  me:  2d,  those  which  may  be  harmful  to 
me,  so  as  to  reject  them  inasmuch  as  they  may  be  injuri 
ous  to  me.  If  I  accept  some  and  reject  the  others,  may 
it  be  solely  with  the  view  of  glorifying  Thee,  and  of  being 
always  within  the  order  of  Thy  will. 

But  since  my  courage  may  give  way,  since  my  heart 
may  be  fascinated  by  these  extraneous  creatures,  defend 
it,  O  my  God,  and  assure  to  it  safety  and  freedom  from 
the  seductions  of  the  world.  Grant  that,  indifferent  to 
all  that  is  not  commanded  by  Thee,  indifferent  to  all  those 
creatures  the  use  of  which  Thou  hast  not  even  forbidden, 
my  heart  may  neither  desire  nor  seek  amongst  the  mul 
tiplicity  of  creatures  and  the  vicissitudes  of  life  aught  but 
what  is  needful  for  the  fulfilling  of  Thy  will. 

May  health  or  sickness,  riches  or  poverty,  honors  or 
contempt  and  humiliations,  leave  my  soul,  if  not  insen 
sible,  at  least  in  that  state  of  holy  indifference  to  which  I 
desire  to  attain  for  Thy  greater  honor  and  glory;  for 
this  I  pray.  I  will  and  desire  that  it  should  be  thus  with 
me,  and  I  firmly  resolve  continually  to  restore  my  will  to 
this  necessary  equilibrium,  so  that  it  may  always  be 
inclined  solely  by  the  motive-power  of  Thy  holy  will 

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PRAYER  TO  EXCITE  ONE'S  SELF  TO  REPENTANCE. 

*T*  BESEECH  Thee,  O  Lord,  to  grant  me  the  grace  which 
-"•»  I  need,  and  which  I  earnestly  desire  to  obtain.  I  ask 
it  with  confidence,  since  I  know  I  ought  to  have  a  deep 
contrition  and  abiding  and  sincere  sentiments  of  sorrow 
for  my  sins.  I  ask  of  Thee  that  feeling  of  shame  which 


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should  make  me  blush  for  myself.  Many  souls  have 
been  lost  by  a  single  mortal  sin.  How  many  times  have 
I  not  merited  this  judgment  for  my  many  and  great  sins' 

I  ask  of  Thee  an  intense  sorrow  for  having  committed 
them,  tears  to  weep  over  them,  a  broken  and  contrite 
heart  at  the  memory  of  them. 

What  a  sight  for  me,  a  sinner,  to  behold  Jesus  Christ 
living  and  in  agony  on  the  tree  of  the  cross!  O  my 
Creator  and  Redeemer,  how  great  was  Thy  love  when 
Thou  didst  will  to  exchange  heaven  for  earth,  the  glory 
of  Thy  heavenly  life  for  this  life  of  pain,  and  to  suffer  a 
death  of  infamy  for  me — for  my  sins. 

Look,  O  my  soul;  look  at  and  consider  thy  past  life — 
what  hast  thou  done  for  Jesus  Christ  in  the  past — at  this 
present  time  what  art  thou  doing  for  Jesus  Christ — in 
the  future  what  wilt  thou  do  for  Jesus  Christ  ?  Speak, 
O  my  soul,  with  Jesus  crucified;  tell  Him  thy  thoughts, 
tell  them  to  Him  with  all  simplicity;  tell  them  to  Him 
just  as  thou  thinkest  them. 

Pour  out  thyself,  O  my  heart,  to  thy  God.  Let  thy 
thoughts  turn  from  Him  to  thyself;  thy  prayer  is  always 
good  and  fervent  when  it  is  true  and  sincere,  when  it 
speaks  as  a  friend  speaks  to  his  friend,  as  a  subject 
speaks  to  his  king,  as  a  slave  speaks  to  his  master. 
Accuse  thyself,  O  my  soul,  of  the  evil  thou  hast  done, 
declare  all  thy  wounds,  thy  weakness,  thy  doubts,  thy 
waverings,  thy  most  secret  thoughts. 

May  the  Lord,  my  Creator,  cure  me  and  shelter  me 
beneath  His  pardoning  grace. 


6. 

THE   TRIPLE   COLLOQUY. 


O 


MOTHER  of  my  Saviour,  my  blessed  Lady, 
my  Queen,  vouchsafe  to  intercede  for  me 
with  thy  divine  Son,  thy  Lord,  and  obtain  for  me 
these  three  graces: 


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The  grace  to  know  with  a  full  knowledge,  to  feel  pro 
foundly,  to  deplore  and  to  detest  my  sins; 

The  grace  to  feel  and  realize  the  disorder  of  my  life,  to 
hold  it  in  horror,  to  reduce  it  to  rule,  and  amend  it,  and 
to  correct  myself; 

The  grace  to  know  and  detest  the  world,  to  put  away 
from  my  soul,  and  keep  out  of  it,  all  worldly  and  vain 
thoughts,  and  to  renounce  for  ever  the  world  and  all  its 
vanities. 

Hail  Mary. 

2.  f\  LORD  Jesus  Christ,  for    the  sake  of    Thy 
^-^      blessed    Mother,   obtain   for   me   from   the 
eternal  Father  these  three  graces: 

The  grace  to  know  with  a  full  knowledge,  to  feel  pro 
foundly,  to  deplore  and  to  detest  my  sins; 

The  grace  to  feel  and  realize  the  disorder  of  my  life,  to 
hold  it  in  horror,  to  reduce  it  to  rule,  and  amend  it,  and 
to  correct  myself; 

The  grace  to  know  and  detest  the  world,  to  put  away 
from  my  soul,  and  keep  out  of  it,  all  worldly  and  vain 
thoughts,  and  to  renounce  for  ever  the  world  and  all  its 
vanities. 

Anima  Christi. 

TERNAL  God,  Father  Almighty,  in  the  Name 
of  the  Word  made  flesh,  I  beseech  Thee  to 
grant  me  these  three  graces  I  implore  of  Thee: 

The  grace  to  know  with  a  full  knowledge,  to  feel  pro 
foundly,  to  deplore  and  to  detest  my  sins; 

The  grace  to  feel  and  realize  the  disorder  of  my  life,  to 
hold  it  in  horror,  to  reduce  it  to  rule,  and  amend  it,  and 
to  correct  myself; 

The  grace  to  know  and  detest  the  world,  to  put  away 
from  my  soul,  and  keep  out  of  it,  all  worldly  and  vain 
thoughts,  and  to  renounce  for  ever  the  world  and  all  its 
vanities. 

Our  Father. 


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COLLOQUY   ON   GOD'S   MERCY   AND   COMPASSION. 

Thanksgiving  0}  the  Sinner. 

OLORD  God,  Thou  art  infinitely  wise,  I  adore  Thee 
Who  hast  borne  with  my  ignorance; — Thou  art 
infinitely  just,  I  adore  Thee  Who  hast  not  chastised  my 
iniquity; — Thou  art  infinitely  powerful,  I  adore  Thee  Who 
hast  deigned  to  spare  my  weakness ; — Thou  art  infinitely 
good,  I  adore  Thee  Who  hast  pardoned  me  all  my  malice 
and  sins. 

I  thank  Thee  that  the  angels,  who  are  the  avenging 
swords  of  Thy  justice,  have  not  slain  me.  I  thank  Thee 
because  the  saints,  who  are  Thy  friends,  have  prayed 
and  made  intercession  for  me  who  was  Thine  enemy.  I 
thank  Thee  that  Thy  heavens,  Thy  stars,  Thy  sun  have 
not  refused  to  shine  on  me.  I  thank  Thee  for  having 
placed  the  whole  of  creation  at  my  service;  I  have  caused 
it  to  groan  beneath  the  burden  of  my  sin,  and  yet  it  has 
not  risen  up  against  me.  I  thank  Thee  that  the  very 
earth  has  not  opened  beneath  my  feet  to  precipitate  me 
into  the  lowest  depths  of  hell,  where  I  indeed  deserve 
to  be  eternally. 

I  behold  before  me,  O  my  God,  the  mystery  of  the 
infinite  abyss  of  Thy  mercy.  I  return  Thee  thanks  for 
having  preserved  my  life  until  this  day,  for  having  granted 
to  me  repentance  for  my  sins;  how  great  has  been  and 
how  incomprehensible  remains  Thy  pity  for  me! 

Pardon,  O  perfections  of  my  God,  for  having  pre 
ferred  imperfect  and  vile  creatures  to  Thee!  Pardon,  O 
justice  of  my  God,  for  having  outraged  Thee  by  my 
crimes!  Pardon,  O  holiness  of  my  God,  pardon  for 
having  so  long  stained  the  purity  of  Thy  sight  by  my 
sins!  Pardon,  O  mercy  of  my  God,  for  having  so  long 
despised  Thy  merciful  voice!  In  deep  sorrow  and  con 
trition  I  cast  myself  at  Thy  feet — have  mercy  on  me! 


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"Show  mercy  to  a  poor  penitent,  whom  Thou  hast  so 
long  spared  in  his  impenitence." 

(St.  Bernard.) 


PRAYER  TO  JESUS  CHRIST  OUR  KING  THAT  WE  MAY  OBEY 
HIS   CALL. 

QY  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  Thou  hasi  said  to  me:  "My 
will  is  to  subject  the  infidel  world  to  My  empire. 
If  any  one  desires  to  follow  Me,  he  must  be  content  to 
abide  beneath  My  tent,  to  eat  at  My  table,  to  drink  from 
the  same  cup  with  Me ;  he  must  also  be  willing  to  labor 
as  I  labor  and  with  Me;  he  shall  share  with  Me  the 
fruits  of  the  victory  in  proportion  to  the  manner  in  which 
he  shall  have  shared  with  Me  the  fatigues  of  the  conflict." 
I  have  reflected  upon  this  Thy  call;  I  have  asked  of 
Thee,  O  Jesus  Christ,  and  I  still  ask  of  Thee,  the  grace 
not  to  be  deaf  to  Thy  call,  but  to  answer  it  joyfully,  and 
to  give  all  that  Thy  most  holy  will  awaits  from  me. 

Now,  after  mature  consideration,  this  is  what  I  freely 
offer  Thee  with  my  whole  heart,  protesting  it  to  be  my 
firm  inward  resolution,  my  determined  will,  which  is 
fixed  and  will  be,  I  trust,  unalterable  and  steady,  and 
which  I  shall  never  repent  or  regret. 

I  have  understood  that  the  infidel  lands  to  be  con 
quered  are  my  soul,  my  heart,  the  world,  and  the  devil: 
that  the  enemies  to  Thy  domain  are  my  sensuality,  my 
pride,  the  spirit  of  the  world  ever  living  and  working 
within  me ;  these  are  the  enemies  that  I  must  fight  against. 
I  have  taken  the  resolution  of  doing  this,  and  I  desire  to 
distinguish  myself  in  Thy  service. 

I  ardently  desire  to  join  Thee  in  this  great  enterprise 
in  which  Thou,  my  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  art  leader,  and  the 
apostles,  martyrs,  penitents — in  a  word,  all  the  saints, 
are  my  illustrious  companions. 

O  eternal  King,  O  Christ,  Our  Lord  and  Ruler;  under 
Thy  protection,  by  Thy  grace,  with  the  memory  of  Thy 


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infinite  mercy,  at  Thy  feet,  in  the  presence  of  Thy  glori 
ous  Mother  and  of  all  the  saints  who  adorn  Thy  heavenly 
court — I  offer  and  consecrate  myself  to  Thee  and  to  Thv 
service  alone ;  I  give  myself  to  Thee  without  any  reserve. 
I  am  resolved  to  imitate  Thee,  I  am  resolved  to  follow 
Thee,  and  to  distinguish  myself  as  a  follower  of  Thee,  to 
be  there  where  Thou  art,  if  Thy  divine  Majesty  will  but 
deign  to  choose  me  and  to  receive  me  as  one  of  Thy  faith 
ful  and  devoted  followers. 

Acknowledging  my  utter  unworthiness,  I  humbly  beg 
of  Thee,  my  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  to  be  graciously  pleased 
to  accept  my  whole  self  as  a  full  and  entire  oblation. 
Grant  that  I  may  live  and  die  at  the  post  where  the  inter 
ests  of  Thy  glory  and  my  salvation  and  Thy  divine  call 
may  have  placed  me. 


PRAYER  FOR  ASSISTANCE  IN  CONTEMPLATING  THE  SCENES 
OF   THE    GOSPEL. 

*T*  BEG  of  Thee,  O  God,  the  grace  which  I  desire  to  ob- 
«•*-»  tain:  an  intimate  knowledge  of  Our  Lord  Jesus 
Christ,  so  that,  knowing  Him  more  clearly,  I  may  love 
Him  more  dearly;  that  loving  Him  more  dearly,  I  may 
follow  him  more  nearly;  and  that  following  Him  more 
nearly,  I  may  attain  to  a  high  degree  of  perfection  by 
imitating  Him  in  all  things. 

Open,  O  my  God,  the  eyes  of  my  soul;  grant  me  to 
contemplate — in  the  silence  of  respect,  of  prayer,  and  of 
adoration— the  eternal  Word  made  flesh  (John  i.  14), 
placed  in  the  manger  (Luke  ii.  7),  adored  by  Mary  and 
Joseph,  the  shepherds,  the  Magi,  and  the  angels  (Matt, 
ii.  n).  Permit  me  to  contemplate  and  consider  the  de 
meanor  of  Jesus;  His  actions— His  divine  perfection  in 
the  smallest  actions,  His  voluntary  obedience,  His  toil: 
His  bearing — its  dignity,  what  modesty  in  all  His 
gestures,  His  movements,  His  steps:  His  looks — their 
serenity  and  sweetness.  Let  me  consider  Him  in  His 


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sleep.  In  His  prayer — what  fervor,  what  recollected- 
ness.  When  He  works — what  admirable  resignation 
and  humility.  When  seated  at  the  humble  table  of 
Joseph.  Let  me  follow  Him  when,  with  the  blessing  of 
His  Mother,  He  departs  to  receive  baptism  by  St.  John 
— when  He  retires  into  the  desert — calls  together  His 
disciples — teaches  the  multitude. 

Grant,  O  Lord  Jesus,  that  I  may  be  attentive  to  Thy 
thoughts,  to  Thy  teachings,  to  Thy  holy  will.  If  Thou 
speakest,  may  I  never  lose  a  single  word  from  Thy  lips; 
if  Thy  lips  are  silent,  grant  to  me  to  know  and  understand 
tfie  workings  of  Thy  Sacred  Heart;  may  I  be  attentive 
alike  to  what  Thou  sayest  and  to  what  Thou  mightest 
say.  May  Thy  voice  vibrate  through  my  soul,  may  it 
enter  my  heart  and  be  as  a  salutary  food  to  nourish,  vivify, 
and  invigorate  it. 

Above  all,  grant  that  I  may  love,  that  I  may  feel,  that 
I  may  taste,  that  I  may  breathe  forth  to  some  extent 
the  infinite  sweetness  and  gentleness  of  holiness,  the 
exquisite  fragrance  of  virtue;  and  that  I  may  follow  the 
example  which  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ  has  given  us  by 
His  life  and  teachings. 

Holy  cave  of  Bethlehem,  blessed  walls  of  Nazareth, 
where  my  Jesus,  lived,  let  my  lips  kiss  in  spirit  these  wit 
nesses  of  the  virtues  of  Christ!  Would  that  I  could  press 
my  lips  to  all  the  traces  of  Thy  steps,  the  earth,  the  walls 
sanctified  by  Thy  presence,  O  Jesus!  If  Thou  wilt  per 
mit  me  to  approach  yet  nearer  to  Thyself,  I  would  fain, 
in  the  purity  and  ardor  of  my  love,  kiss,  as  did  the 
stricken  woman  of  the  Gospels,  the  hem  of  Thy  garment. 

10. 

PRAYER  TO  ATTAIN  THE  THREE  DEGREES  OF  HUMILITY. 

i.  /T\  Y  Lord,  I  beseech  of  Thee  to  grant  me  a  grace 

^  *  •  absolutely  necessary  for  the  eternal  salva 
tion  of  my  soul.  It  is  that  I  may  always  have  sufficient 
humility,  dependence,  and  submission  to  obey  in  all 


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things  Thy  holy  law,  and  that  I  may  never  hesitate  before 
an  order,  or  break  any  command  of  Thine,  or  of  those 
appointed  by  Thee  to  command  me,  which  obliges  me, 
under  pain  of  mortal  sin,  not  even  if  by  so  doing  I  might 
preserve  my  life  or  obtain  possession  of  the  whole  world. 
May  I  sacrifice  my  life,  or  renounce  the  empire  of  the 
entire  world,  before  I  willingly  transgress  any  of  Thy 
precepts. 

2.  Lord,  I  ask  of  Thee  a  greater  grace  than  that  of 
never  offending  Thee  by  mortal  sin:  may  I  always  have 
sufficient  humility  and  submission  never  to  give  way  to 
the  temptation  of  committing  a  single  deliberate  venial 
sin,  even  if  by  so  doing  I  might  save  my  life  or  acquire 
possession  of  the  whole  world.     My  heart  will  falter,  it 
will  often  hesitate  before  the  thought  of  venial  sin,  if  it 
is  not  indifferent  between  riches  ar.d  poverty,  between 
honor  and  shame,  between  life  and  Jeath.     Grant  me, 
O  God,  this  perfect  indifference  of  soul. 

3.  O  Lord,  I  ask  of  Thee  a  still  greater  grace  than  that 
of  never  offending  Thee  by  venial  sin.     May  my  soul  be 
so  humble,  so  entirely  submissive,  that  it  may  no  longer 
have  aught  but  one  desire:  to  imitate  Thee  and  to  follow 
Thee,  its  Lord  and  its  God. 

Even  if  the  interests  of  the  glory  of  God  are  not  in 
volved  or  affected,  in  order  to  resemble  more  closely  Our 
Lord  Jesus  Christ,  I  will  and  desire  to  be  poor  with  Jesus 
Christ  in  His  poverty  rather  than  to  be  rich,  since  Jesus 
Christ  was  not  rich.  I  will  and  desire  to  be  covered  with 
ignominy  rather  than  to  be  honored  by  the  world,  since 
Jesus  Christ  was  not  honored  by  it.  I  will  and  desire 
to  be  looked  upon  as  a  being  useless  to  all,  of  little  inter 
est,  of  little  repute,  of  little  influence,  of  little  learning 
and  wisdom,  since  such  was  the  estimation  in  which  the 
world  held  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ. 

Grant  me,  O  Lord,  to  arrive  at  this  third  and  highest 
degree  of  perfection,  and  the  grace  of  a  perfect  renuncia 
tion  of  myself  after  Thine  example. 


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ii. 
PRAYER   ON   THE   THREE   CLASSES. 

LORD,  I  beg  of  Thee  the  grace  not  to  belong  to  that 
class  of  Christians,  who,  convinced  of  the  truth  of 
religion,  are  not  converted  or  sanctified,  because  they  will 
not  make  use  of  the  means  by  which  sanctity  may  be 
acquired  and  their  conversion  assured.  Grant  that  I 
may  not  be  with  those  who  give  Thee  desires  only,  and 
who  put  off,  from  day  to  day,  the  means  necessary  for 
holiness  and  salvation,  and  who  do  nothing  until  the  day 
of  their  death. 

Lord,  I  ask  of  Thee  the  grace  not  to  belong  to  that 
class  of  men  who  indeed  desire  holiness,  but  who  at  the 
same  time  will  not  make  the  sacrifice  at  all,  who  can  not 
bring  themselves  to  renounce  certain  passions,  who  will 
only  give  to  Thee  certain  works,  who  would  have  Thee 
and  at  the  same  time  retain  possession  of  certain  worldly 
advantages,  who  will  not  choose  the  most  certain  means 
of  holiness.  They  are  very  willing  that  Thou  shouldst 
come  to  them,  but  they  can  not  persuade  themselves  to 
go  to  Thee;  and  yet  what  a  happy  lot  would  be  theirs  if 
they  had  but  the  courage  to  give  themselves  unreservedly 
to  Thee!  With  what  superabundant  graces  dost  Thou 
reward  the  sacrifices  of  generous  souls,  O  my  God! 

Lord,  I  ask  of  Thee  to  grant  me  the  grace  of  being  in 
the  class  of  those  whose  will  is  in  a  state  of  such  perfect 
equilibrium,  that  it  neither  accepts  nor  rejects  anything 
except  as  Thou  inspirest  it  to  accept  or  reject  it. 

I  desire  nothing,  O  my  God,  unless  Thou  first  wiliest 
it;  I  wish  for  nothing  except  to  serve  Thee,  my  Crfeator 
and  my  Saviour;  and  if  the  voice  of  nature  asks  anything 
different  of  me,  it  is  my  will  and  desire  to  go  against  this 
voice  of  nature,  this  natural  repugnance.  And  I  pray 
and  beseech  Thee  to  grant  and  vouchsafe  to  me,  though 
in  opposition  to  my  natural  inclination,  and  notwithstand 
ing  the  reluctance  of  nature,  that  I  may  have  the  grace 


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accorded  me  of  always  acting  solely  for  the  greater  honor 
and  glory  of  Thy  infinite  Majesty,  the  grace  of  always 
choosing  what  is  for  Thy  greater  glory;  and  to  this  end 
I  beseech  of  Thee  the  grace  of  perfect  and  effective 
detachment 

12. 

PRAYER  THAT  WE  MAY  BE  RECEIVED  UNDER  THE  STAND 
ARD   OF   OUR   DIVINE    KING. 

LORD,  behold  me  a  suppliant  praying  before  Thee. 
I  come  to  implore  of  Thee  a  grace  which  is  repug 
nant  to  my  nature  and  which  I  dread  to  obtain.  Alas,  my 
heart  is  not  indifferent:  on  the  contrary,  it  rebels  at  the 
thought  of  voluntary  poverty,  and  the  contempt  of  men. 
It  is  to  master  my  natural  inclinations,  to  vanquish  self, 
and  to  conquer  my  heart,  to  extinguish  in  it  every  spark 
of  that  self-love  which  is  not  in  accordance  with  the  rule 
these  exercises  place  before  me,  that  I  entreat  Thee  to 
receive  me  under  Thy  standard. 

May  Thy  divine  Majesty  deign  to  shelter  me  beneath 
me  folds  of  this  Thy  holy  standard,  to  give  me  the  spirit 
of  poverty  and  detachment,  and  to  call  me  even  to  the 
practice  of  actual  and  perfect  poverty,  if  such  is  Thy 
good  pleasure.  Lord  Jesus,  in  order  that  I  may  re 
semble  Thee  more  closely,  grant  me  a  share,  I  beseech 
Thee,  in  Thy  humiliations,  and  in  the  injustices  that 
Thou  didst  meet  with,  provided  that  I  can  bear  them 
without  committing  any  sin,  without  ever  displeasing, 
in  any  way,  Thy  divine  Majesty. 

O  Blessed  Virgin,  Mother  of  my  God,  obtain  for  me 
from*  Thy  divine  Son  the  grace  to  be  received  and  to 
march  under  His  standard. 

Hail  Mary. 

O  Eternal  Word,  for  the  love  Thou  bearest  Our  Lady, 
Thy  blessed  Mother,  obtain  for  me  from  the  Father  the 
grace  to  be  received  and  to  march  under  Thv  standard. 


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Anima  Christi. 

O  Father,  for  the  love  Thou  bearest  the  most  holy 
Virgin  Mary,  for  the  sake  of  Thy  Son,  Our  Lord,  I  be 
seech  Thee  'to  grant  me  the  grace  to  be  received  and  to 
march  under  the  standard  of  Jesus  Christ. 
On-  Fa  the;. 


PRAYER  BEFORE  ELECTION. 

RANT,  O  Lord,  to  the  eyes  of  mine  understanding 
the  light  of  a  pure,  upright,  and  single  intention; 
may  I  always  be  mindful  of  the  end  for  which  Thou  hast 
created  me  —  Thy  glory  and  my  eternal  salvation.  Help 
me,  O  God,  to  keep  this  end  in  view,  enlighten  my  spirit, 
and  incline  my  will  toward  the  calling  I  should  choose. 

Before  proceeding  to  my  decision,  I  will  with  Thy 
help  behold  present  to  me  in  heaven  the  throne  of  the 
most  Holy  Trinity,  of  my  Redeemer  and  Saviour,  the 
most  blessed  Virgin  Mary,  the  angels,  the  saints,  and  all 
the  elect  of  God. 

May  my  resolution  have  their  approval  and  assent! 
Above  all,  O  my  Creator  and  my  God,  I  beseech  Thee 
to  communicate  Thyself  to  my  soul,  and  to  bind  it  by 
ever  closer  ties  to  Thee  and  to  Thy  holy  service. 

Grant  me  the  grace  to  come  to  my  decision  and  to  act- 
as  I  should  act  if  I  were  now  at  the  hour  of  my  death  —  as 
I  should  counsel  another,  a  stranger,  or  a  friend,  to  act 
under  similar  circumstances  to  mine  —  to  decide  as  at  the 
day  of  judgment,  before  Thy  tribunal,  I  should  then 
wish  I  had  now  decided. 

Before  all,  O  my  God,  impress  well  upon  my  mind 
this  important  maxim,  that  the  measure  of  my  progress 
in  spiritual  things  will  be  that  of  my  abnegation  of  self, 
and  that  so  much  the  more  as  I  shall  go  out  of  myself,  as 
I  shall  trample  on  my  self-love,  my  self-will,  my  natural 
disposition,  as  I  shall  ignore  and  leave  behind  me  that 


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self,  so  much  the  more  closely  shall  I  approach  to  Thee, 
be  united  to  and  resemble  Thee. 

O  Lord,  if  Thou  hast  approved  of  my  decision,  if  it  is 
agreeable  to  Thee,  accept  and  bless  it,  confirm  me  in  it, 
and  grant  to  me  steadfastly  to  persevere  in  it,  in  peace  of 
mind,  without  regrets  or  doubts,  to  Thy  greater  honor 
and  glory.  Amen. 

14. 

PRAYER    IN    DESOLATION. 

/T\Y  Lord  and  my  God,  I  am  tempted  and  in  desola- 
^  •  tion;  my  soul  is  sad  and  languishes  within  me; 
my  spirit  droops;  I  am  as  if  separated  from  Thee,  with 
out  hope,  without  love.  I  am  anxious,  agitated,  and 
uneasy;  my  heart  is  troubled.  I  am  tormented,  I  falter, 
I  am  languid,  overwhelmed,  and  weary  with  the  conflict. 
Inferior  and  terrestrial  things  are  enticing  me,  they  charm 
and  draw  me  to  them. 

O  my  God,  help!  come  to  my  assistance,  give  me 
courage,  give  me  strength,  allow  me  not  to  be  overcome 
by  the  assaults  of  the  evil  one ;  discover  to  me  his  snares 
and  artifices. 

If  Thou  hast  left  me,  it  is  because  I  have  been  tepid 
and  negligent  in  my  exercises  of  piety.  My  faults  have 
deprived  me  of  Thy  consolations. 

Perhaps  also  it  is  that  Thou  wiliest  to  show  me  how 
little  I  can  do  when  left  to  myself — how  little  I  can  do 
alone,  for  Thy  service,  for  Thy  glory— how  weak  and 
powerless  I  am  when  deprived  of  Thy  aid.  Or  Thou 
art  proving  me;  Thou  wiliest  to  see  how  I  employ  my 
self  for  Thy  service  and  glory  when  Thou  dost  not  be 
stow  on  me  every  day  the  rewards  of  Thy  Spirit  in  gifts 
and  sensible  graces.  Thou  desirest  to  prove  what  I  am, 
and  if  I  se'-ve  Thee  for  Thyself,  or  only  for  the  reward 
of  Thy  divine  consolations.  Or  perhaps  Thou  wiliest 
to  detach  my  heart  from  a  certain  self-confidence,  and 
thus  to  hold  it  back  from  the  pitfall  of  pride  and  self- 


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love,  so  dangerous  to  our  salvation;  to  forbid  it  to  seek 
elsewhere  than  in  Thyself  its  repose,  its  security,  and  its 
peace. 

But  what  I  do  know  is,  that  with  Thy  grace,  which 
Thou  wilt  never  refuse  me,  and  of  which  Thou  wilt  never 
deprive  me  although  I  may  not  always  be  sensible  or 
conscious  of  its  presence,  I  shall  be  able  to  resist  and 
overcome  all  my  enemies;  therefore,  establishing  my 
confidence  on  Thy  divine  strength,  I  will  not  lose  courage. 

It  only  remains  for  me  to  humble  myself,  to  abase 
myself  to  the  very  dust  at  the  sight  of  my  nothingness, 
and  to  persevere  in  my  former  resolutions  made  in  the 
day  of  consolation,  awaiting  in  patience  and  calm  for, 
and  looking  with  hope  and  confidence  to,  Thy  next  visit; 
for  I  know  that  the  day  of  desolation  will  pass,  and  that 
consolation  will  not  be  long  in  coming. 

Give  me  patience  and  hope,  give  me  the  courage  to 
remain  fixed  in  my  resolutions,  to  attack  and  fight  with 
the  enemy  without  making  any  change  in  my  former 
decisions;  but,  in  order  to  dissipate  this  desolation,  let 
me  change  myself,  by  being  more  recollected,  more  atten 
tive,  more  silent,  more  mortified;  above  all,  by  applying 
myself  more  fervently  to  prayer  and  meditation. 


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PRAYER    THAT    WE    MAY    UNITE    OURSELVES    WITH    THE 
SUFFERINGS   OF   OUR   LORD. 

the  foot  of  the  cross  I  ask  of  Thee,  O  my  God, 
the  grace  which  I  should  first  of  all  seek  to  obtain 
in  considering  the  Passion  of  Our  Lord.  I  ask  an  in 
tense  sorrow  with  Jesus  Christ  overwhelmed  by  sorrows; 
I  ask  for  a  broken  heart  in  union  with  the  Sacred  Heart 
of  Jesus  Christ  in  its  agony.  I  beg  of  Thee  tears  to  weep 
over  the  grief  of  Jesus  Christ,  a  deep  and  sincere  sympa 
thy  and  compassion  for  the  sufferings  of  Jesus  Christ, 


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and  a  lasting  remembrance  of  all  the  profound  sorrows 
and  pains  He  endured  for  me. 

I  beg  of  Thee,  O  God,  a  lively  contrition  for  my  sins, 
and  for  the  agony  and  sufferings  they  have  caused  Our 
Lord,  and  a  tender  love  for  Jesus  Christ  suffering— for 
me. 

Ah,  it  is  for  my  sins,  my  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  that  Thou 
dost  advance  to  meet  these  torments.  I  have  looked 
upon  Thy  bruised  and  wounded  body,  I  have  listened  to 
Thy  words  in  Thy  affliction  and  distress,  so  full  of  tender 
ness  and  love,  so  full  of  sorrow  and  of  pain;  I  have  fol 
lowed  Thee  along  all  the  paths  of  Jerusalem: — from  the 
room  of  the  Last  Supper  to  the  Garden  of  Gethsemane, 
from  the  Garden  of  Gethsemane  to  the  house  of  Caiphas, 
the  high  priest,  from  the  high  priest  to  Pilate,  from  Pilate 
to  Herod,  from  Herod  back  to  the  Roman  governor, 
from  the  governor's  hall  to  Calvary,  and  there  I  have 
gazed  on  Thee  nailed  to  the  cross! 

Behold  what  Thou  hast  suffered,  O  my  God!  and  Thou 
wouldst  suffer  it  all  again  and  still  more  for  me  were  it 
necessary!  So  great  is  Thy  love  that  it  is,  as  it  were, 
more  insatiable  and  cruel  to  Thyself  than  even  the  hate 
of  Thy  executioners! 

May  my  eyes  pour  forth  tears  at  this  sad  sight!  O  my 
soul,  let  the  waters  of  tribulation  overwhelm  thee; — 
make  every  effort,  strive  with  thyself,  if  necessary,  to 
keep  alone  before  thy  sight  thy  crucified  Saviour,  to 
compassionate  Him,  to  mourn,  to  sorrow,  to  lament  and 
bewail  with  Jesus  crucified. 

Where,  O  where  is  Thy  Divinity  hidden,  O  my  Jesus  ? 
;vhy  does  not  it  arise  to  scatter  and  annihilate  all  Thy 
;.nemies  ?  Why  does  it  permit  Thy  most  holy  Humanity 
to  suffer  such  indignities,  such  excruciating  torments, 
torments  beyond  all  bound  and  measure  ? 

O  God,  I  realize  it!  All  these  terrible  sufferings  are 
necessary  for  the  effacing  of  my  sins!  Behold  to  what  a 
state  they  have  reduced  Thee!  Behold  what  Thy  love 


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has  found  needful  to  suffer  for  me!  What  does  it  now 
behoove  me  to  suffer  for  Thee? 

Consider,  my  soul,  what  gifts  thou  wilt  offer  at  the 
foot  of  the  cross:  what  wilt  thou  do  and  suffer  for  Thy 
God. 

How  can  I  refuse  aught  to  Thee,  my  Lord  and  my 
Creator,  Who  hast  done  and  suffered  so  much  for  my 
sake;  Thou  hast  given  all  Thou  hast  to  me;  Thou  hast 
given  Thy  labor,  Thy  toil,  Thy  thoughts,  Thy  love, 
Thy  life,  the  very  last  drop  of  Thy  Heart's  blood  for  me. 
Ah!  let  me  give  Thee  all  I  have  —  all  my  affections,  all 
my  love,  all  my  desires,  my  whole  heart,  my  work,  my 
efforts,  my  sorrows,  my  joys,  my  life,  my  whole  self. 

16. 

PRAYER    TO    OUR  LORD    JESUS    CHRIST    RISEN    FROM  THE 
DEAD. 


me,  O  Jesus,  the  grace  I  seek  in  this  medi- 
tation  on  Thy  glorious  Resurrection;  it  is  that  I 
may  rejoice  with  Thee,  that  I  may  exult  over,  and  par 
ticipate  in,  Thy  joy  and  Thy  glory. 

How  beautiful  art  Thou,  O  my  well-beloved!  How 
beautiful  and  radiant  are  the  wounds  in  Thy  hands  and 
Thy  feet  !  And  still  more  beautiful  and  still  more  radiant 
is  the  wound  in  Thy  Sacred  Heart!  What  ineffable  sweet 
ness,  what  light  in  Thy  words!  Happy  Peter,  happy 
Magdalen!  still  happier  thou,  O  blessed  Mother  of  Our 
Lord,  united  to  Him  in  the  glory  of  His  triumph! 

Let  me  contemplate,  O  my  Jesus,  the  splendor  of 
Thy  Divinity.  It  seemed  to  hide  itself  during  Thy 
Passion,  but  now  that  Thou  art  risen,  how  clearly  does 
it  shine,  how  evident  it  is  to  me  as  I  recognize  and  con 
fess  it,  and  the  truth  and  holiness  of  Thy  presence,  and 
of  Thy  apparitions  which  brought  such  peace  and  con 
solation  with  them! 


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What  so  overjoys  and  fills  me  with  gratitude  in  con 
templating  Thee,  O  Lord  Jesus,  is  the  loving  care  Thou 
hast  to  bring  -consolation  to  Thy  servants.  This  tender 
care  and  loving  thought  for  those  who  are  Thine  fills 
me  with  a  great  joy,  and  deep  love  and  gratitude.  O 
Jesus  Christ,  the  Consoler,  Thou  Who  so  well  knowest 
how  to  fulfil  this  office,  this  royal  ministry  of  Thy  love; 
how  immense  is  the  difference,  how  great  the  contrast 
between  what  friends  can  say  to  console  their  friends, 
and  what  Thou  sayest  and  dost  to  console  Thy  disciples! 

0  divine  Consoler,  be  Thou  my  consoler!   Give  to  me 
that  true  consolation,  that  consolation  which  is  the  in 
crease  of  faith,  of  hope,  and  of  charity. 

1  congratulate  thee,  O  most  holy  Virgin  Mother,  on 
thy  happiness,  and  I  participate  in  thy  joy. 

Regina  Cceli. 

I  adore  Thee,  O  Jesus,  in  the  glory  of  Thy  Resurrec 
don,  in  the  immutability  of  Thy  beatitude,  and  I  con 
secrate  myself  to  Thee  anew,  my  Saviour  and  my  King. 
Glory  be  to  the  Father. 


PRAYER  TO  EXCITE  LOVE  FOR  GOD. 

LORD,  I  ask  of  Thee  the  grace  to  realize  intimately 
the  greatness  and  excellence  of  Thy  blessed  bene 
fits  which  Thou  hast  so  lavishly  poured  forth  on  me;  I 
beg  of  Thee  that  I  may  realize  the  full  extent  of  Thy 
generosity,  the  prodigality  of  Thy  Heart,  so  that  measur 
ing  my  gratitude  by  Thy  marvellous  generosity,  it  may 
make  that  return  which  justice  and  love  require  by  serv 
ing  Thee  in  and  by  Thy  gifts,  and  consecrating  myself  to 
Thy  love  and  service. 

It  is  from  Thee  that  I  have  received  the  benefits  of 
creation,  and  all  those  special  gifts  of  grace  which  never 
fail  me  in  my  dangers  and  my  difficulties.  How  good 


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hast  Thou  been  to  me  in  particular — above  so  many 
others,  who  are  more  worthy  than  I  am. 

Let  me  reflect  upon  the  past!  Thy  love,  never  sat 
isfied  with  giving,  would  always  give  more.  Ah,  my 
God,  I  am  confident,  I  know  that  in  Thy  love  Thou  wilt 
never  be  satisfied,  until  Thou  hast  given  me  Thyself 
entirely  and  for  ever  in  heaven. 

And  now  in  my  turn,  what  can  I  do  for  Thee  ?  What 
is  meet,  just,  and  right  that  I  should  offer  to  Thy 
divine  Majesty?  I  have  nothing  of  myself,  I  hold  all 
from  God ;  what  else,  then,  can  I  do  but  offer  Thee  all 
that  I  have,  all  that  I  am? 

Suscipe,  Domine :  Take,  O  Lord,  and  receive  my 
entire  liberty,  my  memory,  my  understanding,  and  my 
whole  will.  All  that  I  am,  all  that  I  have,  Thou  hast 
given  me,  and  I  restore  it  all  to  Thee,  to  be  dis 
posed  of  according  to  Thy  good  pleasure.  Give  me 
only  Thy  love  and  Thy  grace;  with  these  I  am  rich 
enough,  and  I  desire  nothing  more. 

But  Thou  art  present,  Thou  dwellest  in  all  these  Thy 
benefits,  in  all  creatures,  in  myself.  It  is  Thou  who 
didst  create  and  dost  give  existence  to  the  elements; 
Thou  who  causest  them  to  be — Thou  who  dost  give 
life  to  the  plants,  and  causest  them  to  grow.  Thou  who 
hast  given  to  animals  sensation.  Thou  who  hast  given 
man  intelligence,  the  power  of  thought,  an  immortal  soul. 
Thus  Thou  hast  united  all  Thy  gifts  and  given  them  all 
to  me,  life,  sensation,  reason.  I  have  been  created  in 
Thy  likeness,  and  am  as  an  image  of  Thy  divine  Majesty. 
In  the  most  noble  and  excellent  manner  Thou  dwellest 
in  me,  Thou  dost  dwell  in  me  as  in  Thy  temple,  as  in  a 
sanctuary,  seeing  in  me  Thine  own  image,  and  finding 
in  me  an  intelligence,  capable  of  knowing  and  loving 
Thee.  What  then  can  I  do  to  honor  in  His  gifts  Him 
Who  presents  them  to  me  and  Who  maintains  them  by 
His  power?  What  can  I  do  except  treat  them  with  an 
infinite  respect,  and  walk  always  in  the  presence  of  God, 


H2         The  Spiritual  Exercises  of  St.  Ignatius. 

thinking  and  acting  in  His  presence  which  surrounds 
and  penetrates  even  within  me. 

Thou,  my  Benefactor,  art  always  with  me;  Thou  art 
more  intimately  united  to  me  than  is  my  soul  to  my 
body;  help  me  then,  O  my  God,  help  me  to  keep  myself 
before  Thee  as  a  child  in  the  presence  of  a  tenderly-loved 
father,  studying  the  slightest  sign  of  Thy  will  and  Thy 
wish. 

O  my  God,  not  only  dost  Thou  dwell  in  the  whole  of 
creation,  not  only  art  Thou  present  in  the  entire  uni 
verse,  but  Thou  dost  act  continually  in  all  Thy  creatures, 
and  dost  work  in  them  for  ever,  for  my  service. 

Yes!  divine  Artificer,  Thine  infinite  power,  occupy 
ing  itself  in  the  heavens,  the  elements,  the  fruits  of  the 
earth,  becomes  as  it  were  the  servant  of  my  needs;  Thou 
dost  light  my  path,  enlighten  me  with  the  light  of  day; 
Thou  dost  nourish  me  with  the  productions  of  the  earth, 
?.nd  serve  me  by  each  one  of  the  creatures  I  use!  Thy 
bounty,  wisdom,  and  power,  are  placed  at  my  service, 
and  exercised  for  my  wants  and  pleasures. 

Help  me,  O  my  God,  to  serve  Thee,  acting  always 
solely  for  Thee,  and  in  Thy  presence,  uniting  work  with 
recollection,  calm  contemplation  of  Thee  with  activity 
in  Thy  service;  let  me  think  always  of  Thee,  but  with 
out  ceasing  to  act,  and  let  me  act,  but  in  such  a  manner 
as  not  to  be  distracted  and  without  ceasing  to  think  of 
Thee.  That  I  may  attain  to  this  perfection  in  all  that 
I  do,  grant  that  I  may  seek  but  one  end  in  the  diversity 
of  my  occupations — Thy  good  pleasure  and  holy  will, 
O  my  God. 

So  Thou  art  in  all  these  gifts  which  I  receive  from 
Thee;  it  is  in  them  and  by  them  that  Thou  dost  serve 
me. 

Behind  the  veil  of  these  creatures  I  discern  Thy  fa 
therly  hand  which  presents  them  to  me,  and  fashions  them 
to  my  service.  If  then,  they  come  from  Thee  to  me,  it 
is  but  just  that  from  me  they  should  return  to  Thee.  It  is 


The  Spiritual  Exercises  of  Si.  Ignatius.         i }  3 

with  this  intent  that  I  have  offered  all  to  Thee;  for  the 
future  I  will  to  see  in  creatures  only  the  good  and  useful 
means  they  may  offer  of  serving  and  praising  Thee,  and 
to  use  them  only  so  long  as,  and  inasmuch  as,  they  shall 
serve  to  this  end.  I  will  to  be  detached  from  creatures 
and  myself;  this  double  detachment  will  give  me  true 
liberty  of  spirit,  which  consists  in  being  no  longer  bound 
either  to  creatures  or  myself,  and  in  reposing  perfectly 
and  solely  on  Thy  love. 

I  will  to  be  detached  from  creatures  because  they  havt 
only  very  limited  perfections;  the  most  perfect  being 
but  as  a  weak  and  rude  image  of  Thy  perfections.  What 
tixey  have  of  the  good  and  beautiful  is  but  an  emanation 
of  Thy  Divinity,  which  rests  on  them  as  the  rays  of  the 
sun  rest  on  the  moon  and  glorify  it;  but  as  the  moon  is 
pale  in  the  presence  of  the  sun,  shining  as  it  does  with 
but  a  borrowed  light,  so  creatures  have  but  a  very  faint 
reflection  of  Thy  perfections. 

I  will  to  be  detached  from  myself,  because  all  my  being 
and  happiness  depend  not  on  myself  but  on  Thee;  if  I 
leave  myself  I  shall  find  Thee,  and  in  Thee  I  find  as  in 
their  source  and  in  an  infinite  degree  all  perfections.  In 
Thee  and  in  Thee  alone  shall  I  find  my  happiness  and 
my  being.  "Thou  hast  made  us,  O  Lord,  for  Thyself, 
and  our  hearts  can  not  rest  until  they  rest  in  Thee"  (St. 
Augustine;.  Thou  hast  said,  O  Lord:  "He  that  loveth 
his  life  shall  lose  it:  and  he  that  hateth  his  life  ir.  this 
world,  keepeth  it  unto  life  eternal"  (John  xii.  25). 

O  give  me  then,  my  Lord,  this  perfect  detachment, 
since  in  that  state  my  soul  will  be  absolutely  indifferent 
to  all  that  is  not  Thee.  I  shall  then  have  but  one  thought 
—to  please  Thee  in  all  my  actions;  but  one  desire— soon 
to  quit  this  world,  in  order  fully  to  possess  Thee,  my  God, 
in  heaven. 

The  little  that  I  am  flows  from  a  Being  so  infinitely- 
elevated  above  me;  from  Thee,  O  eternal  Source,  descend 
justice,  comfort,  sweetness,  piety,  gentleness,  goodness. 


ii4         The  Spiritual  Exercises  of  St.  Ignatius. 

0  pour  down  into  my  soul  Thy  gifts,  inundate  me  with 
Thy  perfections,  and  grant  me  such  entire  conformity 
to  Thy  will  that  I  may  attain  to  perfect  repose  in  Thee. 

O  living  Light,  O  heavenly  Sun,  the  source  from 
whence  proceed  all  those  beams  of  light  which  illuminate 
the  souls  of  the  saints,  flooding  them  with  an  effulgence 
of  celestial  radiance,  let  me  be  engulfed  and  lose  myself 
in  Thee!  May  I  forget  myself,  and  leave  myself;  may 

1  strip  myself  of  all  love  of  creatures  to  love  Thee  alone, 
my  Creator  and  my  God.     May  I  leave  both  creatures 
and  myself  in  order  to  attach  myself  only  to  Thee,  my 
Lord  and  my  God.     May  I  see  Thee  alone  in  the  whole 
of  creation,  serving  Thee  and  Thee  only,  reposing  and 
rejoicing  for  ever  in  Thy  most  holy  will.     Amen. 

PETITIONS    FOR   GRACES. 

O  Father,  O  Son,  O  Holy  Ghost! 

O  Most  Holy  Trinity!    O  Jesus!    O  Mary! 

Ye  blessed  angels,  and  all  ye  saints  of  paradise,  obtain 
for  me  these  graces,  which  I  ask  through  the  merits  of 
the  most  precious  blood  of  Jesus  Christ. 

1.  Always  to  do  the  will  of  God. 

2.  To  be  always  in  union  with  God. 

3.  To  think  only  of  God. 

4.  To  love  God  alone. 

5.  To  do  everything  for  God. 

6.  To  seek  only  the  glory  of  God. 

7.  To  make  myself  a  saint  for  God's  sake  alone. 

8.  To  know  my  own  nothingness. 

9.  To  know  more  clearly  the  will  of  God. 
10.  (Insert  what  you  specially  desire.} 

O  most  holy  Mary,  offer  to  the  eternal  Father  iht 
most  precious  blood  of  Jesus  Christ  for  my  soul,  for 
the  holy  souls  in  purgatory,  for  the  needs  of  holy  Church, 
for  the  conversion  of  sinners,  and  for  the  whole  world. 


BOOK  II. 


Spiritual  JEjerctees  in  tbe 

I.  Aspirations  and  Invocations. 
II.  Mental  Prayer. 
III.  Vocal  Prayer. 

On  Bwahtmi  an£> 
ASPIRATIONS. 

In  the  name  of  the  Father  •% ,  and  of  the  Son,  and  of 
the  Holy  Ghost.     Amen. 

THE    ANGELIC   TRISAGION. 

BANCTUS,    Sanctus,  "y^OLY,  holy,  holy,  Lord 

Sanctus,  Dominus  Deus  «••—  &    God  of  hosts:  the  earth 

exercituum :    Plena    est   terra  is  full  of  Thy  glory.     Glory  be 

gloria     tua:     Gloria      Patri,  to  the  Father,  glory  be  to  the 

gloria    Filio,    gloria    Spiritui  Son,    glory   be   to   the   Holy 

Sancto.  Ghost. 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  a  day. — Clement  XIV.,  June  6, 
1769. • 

Omnia  ad  majorem  Dei  gloriam! 

prater  wbile  Dressing. 

OLOTHE  me,  my  Lord,  with  the  robe  of  innocence; 
invest  me,  O  most  loving  Jesus,  true  Spouse  of 
my  soul,  with  the  wedding-garment  of  charity.  Per 
mit  not  that  I  appear  stripped  of  good  works  before  Thy 
face.  Let  me  ever  be  loyal  to  Thee,  and  faithful  to  my 
promises. 

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Or,  the  following  may  be  said: 

OLOTHE  me,  my  Lord,  with  the  robe  of  innocence, 
and  adorn  my  heart,  O  divine  Spouse  of  my  soul, 
with  all  the  virtues  that  are  pleasing  to  Thee;  especially 
with  humility,  obedience,  purity,  charity,  and  an  exact 
fidelity  to  my  holy  rules  and  vows. 

putting  on  tbe  Ibabit. 

GOOD  Jesus,  divine  Spouse  of  my  soul,  I  thank 
Thee  for  this  cherished  token  of  my  allegiance 
to  Thee;  and  I  beseech  Thee,  that,  with  Thy  grace,  I 
may  preserve  unsullied  the  wedding-garment  with  which 
Thou  didst  invest  my  soul  on  the  blessed  day  of  my  con 
secration  to  Thee. 

In  spirit  cast  yourself  into  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus  and  say 
some  ejaculatory  prayer. 

prater  of  St.  (Bcrtruoe  on  awaking. 

Our  divine  Lord  said  to  St.  Mechtilde:  When  you  awake  in 
the  morning,  let  your  first  act  be  to  salute  My  Heart,  and  to  offer 
Me  your  own. 

ADORE,  praise,  and  salute  Thee,  O  most  sweet  Heart 
of  Jesus  Christ,  fresh  and  gladdening  as  the  breath 
of  spring,  from  which,  as  from  a  fountain  of  graces, 
sweeter  than  the  honeycomb  floweth  evermore  all  good 
and  all  delight.  I  thank  Thee  with  all  the  powers  of  my 
heart  for  having  preserved  me  throughout  this  night, 
and  for  having  rendered  to  God  the  Father  praises  and 
thanksgivings  on  my  behalf.  And  now,  O  my  sweet 
Love,  I  offer  Thee  my  wretched  and  worthless  heart  as 
a  morning  sacrifice;  I  place  it  in  Thy  most  tender  Heart, 
and  entrust  it  to  Thy  keeping;  beseeching  Thee  that 
Thou  wouldst  deign  to  pour  into  it  Thy  divine  inspira 
tions,  and  to  enkindle  it  with  Thy  holy  love.  Amen. 


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of  JBleesefc  dlbaraaret 

BELIEVE  that  my  Redeemer  liveth,  and  that  I  shall 
rise  again  on  the  last  day.  Grant,  O  my  God,  that 
my  resurrection  be  a  glorious  one.  This  hope  rests 
in  my  heart.  Replenish  it,  O  God,  so  copiously  with 
Thyself,  that  space  be  no  longer  found  therein  for  crea 
tures,  for  myself,  or  for  earthly  things.  Permit  me  not,  O 
Jesus,  to  fall  from  bodily  into  spiritual  sleep,  but  awaken 
my  heart,  my  spirit,  and  my  will  unto  Thy  love,  in  which 
I  desire  to  persevere,  like  the  angels,  without  interrup 
tion.  O  my  divine  Spouse,  unite  me  so  intimately  with 
Thee  that  nothing  shall  be  able  to  sever  me  from  Thee. 
Thou  art  my  life,  my  treasure,  and  my  sole  consolation. 
Let  external  occupations  withdraw  me  not  a  moment 
from  Thy  holy  presence,  but  let  them  rather  be  the  means 
of  a  closer  union  with  Thee. 

OS  ACRED  Heart  of  Jesus!    O  Heart  of  love!   Wilt 
Thou  have  my  poor  heart  ?     Take  it,  and  plunge 
it  into  Thy  Heart,  that  burning  furnace  of  divine  love, 
that  it  may  be  inflamed  with  charity. 

OMOST  amiable  Heart!     I  love  Thee  because  Thou 
art  goodness  itself.     I  offer  Thee  my  heart  and 
my  whole  being,  in  order  to  honor  and  glorify  Thee  now 
and  for  ever.    Let  me  never  displease  Thee ;  help  me  ever 
to  do  what  is  most  pleasing  to  Thee. 

EJACULATION  TO  THE  SACRED  HEART  OF  JESUS. 

/T\AY  the  Heart  of  Jesus  in  the  Most  Blessed  Sac- 
^"^  rament  be  praised,  adored,  and  loved  with  grate 
ful  affection,  at  every  moment,  in  all  the  tabernacles  of 
the  world,  even  to  the  end  of  time.  Amen. 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  a  day. — Pius  IX.,  Feb.  29,  1868. 


I2o  Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Morning. 


flnvocations  an&  Salutations. 

ORDINARY. 

V.  Venite,  adoremus  Do-  V.  Come,  let  us  adore  thfe 
mmum,  qui  fecit  nos.  Lord,  Who  made  us. 

R.  Venite,  adoremus.  R.  Come,     let     us     adore 

Him. 

EXTRAORDINARY. 

On  Christmas  Day. 

V.  Christus  natus  est  no-  V.  Christ  is  born  to  ue; 
bis;  venite,  adoremus.  come,  let  us  adore  Him. 

R.  Venite,  ador..mus.  R.  Come,  let  us  adore  Him. 

On  Maundy  Thursday. 

Christus  factus  est  pro  no-        Christ  became  obedient  for 
bis  obediens  usque  ad  mor-    us  unto  death, 
tem. 

On  Good  Friday  and  Holy  Saturday. 

Christus  factus  est  pro  Christ  became  obedient  for 
nobis  obediens  usque  ad  mor-  us  unto  death;  even  the  death 
tem;  mortem  autem  crucis.  of  the  cross. 

On  Easter  Day. 

V.  Surrexit  Dominus  vere,  V.  The  Lord  is  risen  in- 
Alleluia.  deed,  Alleluia. 

R.  Alleluia,  Alleluia.  R.  Alleluia,  Alleluia. 

On  Ascension  Day. 

V.  Alleluia;  Christum  Do-  V.  Alleluia;  come,  let  us 

minum  ascendentem  in  cce-  adore  Christ,  our  Lord,  as- 

lum;  venite,  adoremus,  Alle-  cending  into  heaven,  Alleluia. 
luia. 

R.  Venite,  adoremus,  Alle-  R.  Come,  let  us  adore 

luia.  Him,  Alleluia. 


Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Morning. 


V.  Alleluia,  Spiritus  Do-  V.  Alleluia,  the  Spirit  of 
mini  replevit  orbem  terrarum;  the  Lord  hath  filled  the  whole 
venite,  adoremus,  Alleluia.  earth;  come,  let  us  adore 

Him,  Alleluia. 

R.  Venite,  adoremus,  Alle-  7?.  Come,  let  us  adore  Him, 
luia.  Alleluia. 


O 


before  /flbefcftation. 

(For  your  selection.) 
MY  God,  I  firmly  believe  that  Thou  art  here  pres 


ent.  Thou  dost  penetrate  my  heart,  and  dwell 
therein  as  in  Thy  living  temple:-  I  offer  Thee  my  pro 
found  adoration  and  beseech  Thee  to  give  me  the  grace 
of  perfect  union  with  Thee  now  and  for  ever.  Amen. 

My  Lord,  I  can  do  nothing  of  myself;  I  can  not  even 
have  a  good  thought;  therefore  I  beseech  Thee,  in  this 
meditation,  to  direct  all  the  powers  of  my  soul  to  Thy 
service  and  glory,  and  to  my  sanctification.  Amen. 

ANOTHER    PREPARATORY    PRAYER. 

Y  God,  I  firmly  believe  Thou  art  everywhere  pres- 
ent,  and  seest  all  things.  Thou  seest  me  in 
all  my  actions;  Thou  seest  me  in  this,  my  meditation. 
I  bow'down  before  Thee  and  worship  Thy  divine  majesty 
with  my  whole  being.  Cleanse  my  heart  from  all  vain. 
wicked,  and  distracting  thoughts.  Enlighten  my  under 
standing  and  inflame  my  will,  that  I  may  pray  with 
reverence,  attention,  and  devotion. 

My  Lord  and  my  Creator!  look  graciously  on  Thy 
child,  the  work  of  Thy  hands,  and  mercifully  grant  me 
the  help  of  Thy  grace,  that  all  my  intentions  and  acts 
during  this  meditation  may  be  directed  purely  to  the 
service  and  praise  of  Thy  divine  majesty;  through 
Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 


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ANOTHER  FORM  OF  PRAYER  BEFORE  MEDITATION. 

Pater  and  Ave. 

MY  God,  I  believe  that  Thou  art  here  truly  present, 
that  Thy  divine  eyes  penetrate  the  secrets  of  my 
heart.  Thou  seest  all  its  miseries. 

/  adore  Thee  in  union  with  holy  Mary,  all  the  angels 
ind  saints,  and  all  holy  souls  upon  earth. 

/  deeply  grieve  for  all  my  sins,  especially  for  those 
which  wound  Thy  Sacred  Heart,  and  render  my  heart 
most  unlike  Thine. 

/  offer  Thee,  O  Lord,  all  I  possess:  my  soul  with  all 
its  faculties,  my  body  with  all  its  senses.  Miserable  as 
this  offering  is,  my  God,  it  is  all  I  have;  and  in  return  I 
ask  the  light  of  the  Holy  Spirit,  that  I  may  know  Thy 
will — and  Thy  grace,  that  I  may  do  it. 

/  beseech  Thee,  grant  that  I  may  draw  fruit  from  this 
prayer.  Holy  Mary,  blessed  Mother  of  Jesus,  refuge  of 
poor  sinners,  and  my  dear  Mother,  pray  for  me. 

St.  Joseph,  St.  Ignatius,  St.  Francis  Xavier,  pray  for  us. 

A  SHORT  PREPARATORY  PRAYER  TO  THE  SACRED  HEART. 

MY  Jesus,  I  desire  to  enter  into  Thy  Sacred  Heart, 
and  to  make  my  prayer  there,  that  I  may  pray 
with  Thee  and  through  Thee,  and  adore  the  Father  in 
spirit  and  in  truth.  I  desire  to  unite  myself  as  closely 
as  possible  to  this  source  of  all  graces  and  blessings, 
that  my  heart  may  be  inflamed,  my  mind  enlightened, 
and  all  my  deficiencies  supplied.  Amen. 

PRAYER  TO  THE  HOLY  GHOST  BEFORE  MEDITATION. 

OOME,  O  Holy  Spirit!   fill    the  hearts  of  Thy  faith- 
ful,  and  kindle  in  them  the  fire  of  Thy  love. 
V.  Send  forth  Thy  Spirit,  and  they  shall  be  created. 
R.  And  Thou  shalt  renew  the  face  of  the  earth. 


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Let  us  pray. 

OGOD,  Who  has  taught  the  hearts  of  the  faithful 
by  the  light  of  the  Holy  Spirit,  grant  that  by  the 
gift  of  the  same  Spirit  we  may  be  always  truly  wise,  and 
fiver  rejoice  in  His  consolation  through  Christ  our  Lord. 
Amen. 

O  ETERNAL  Father!  shed  upon  us,  we  beseech 
Thee,  the  plenitude  of  Thy  divine  Spirit,  and 
grant  us  an  entire  and  perfect  submission  to  the  inspi 
rations  of  Thy  grace.  We  renounce  every  thought  and 
affection  which  may  withdraw  us  from  Thy  adorable 
presence,  and  we  most  earnestly  implore,  through  the 
merits  and  sufferings  of  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  as  also 
through  the  intercession  of  His  immaculate  Mother 
Mary,  of  our  guardian  angels,  and  of  our  patron  saints, 
that  this  meditation  may  be  conducive  to  Thy  greater 
glory,  and  to  our  eternal  salvation. 


praters  after 

(For  your  selection.} 

OFFERING   OF   THE   RESOLUTIONS. 

God,  I  offer  Thee  these  resolutions:  that  I  may 
be  faithful  to  them,  I  must  have  Thy  blessing. 
From  Thy  goodness,  then,  I  hope  to  obtain  this  blessing, 
which  I  ask  of  Thee  in  the  name  and  through  the  merits 
of  Jesus,  my  divine  Saviour. 

Holy  Virgin,  Mother  of  my  God,  who  art  also  my 
Mother,  my  guardian  angel,  and  my  holy  patron  saints, 
obtain  for  me  the  grace  to  keep  these  resolutions  with 
perfect  fidelity. 

THANKSGIVING   AFTER   MEDITATION. 

MY  God,  I  most  humbly  thank  Thee  for  having 
permitted  me  to  be  so  long  in  Thy  holy  presence, 
although  so  unworthy.      I    thank    Thee  for  the  light? 


124  Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Morning. 

and  good  affections  which  I  have  received  from  Thy 
Holy  Spirit.  I  beg  Thy  pardon  for  the  distractions 
which  I  have  had  during  this  meditation.  I  consecrate 
anew  to  Thee  my  whole  being,  my  thoughts,  my  words, 
and  my  actions. 

O  holy  Virgin  Mary,  my  dear  Mother  and  my  good 
Patroness,  obtain  for  me  from  Jesus,  thy  Son,  the  grace 
to  put  my  good  resolutions  into  practice.  O  my  good 
angel,  my  holy  patrons,  and  all  ye  saints,  pray  for  me, 
that  I  may  preserve  in  my  heart  the  truths  upon  which 
I  have  meditated,  and  that  I  may  regulate  my  life  in 
Accordance  with  them.  Amen. 

ANOTHER  FORM  OF  PRAYER  AFTER  MEDITATION. 

r\  MY  God,  I  give  Thee  heartfelt  thanks  for  all  the 
graces  and  for  all  the  light  Thou  hast  conferred 
on  me  during  this  meditation.  Pardon  me,  I  beseech 
Thee,  all  the  negligence  and  all  the  distractions  of  which 
I  have  been  guilty.  Give  me  strength  to  carry  out  the 
resolutions  that  I  have  made.  Fortify  me,  that  from 
henceforth  I  may  diligently  practise  this  virtue  .  .  . 
avoid  this  fault  .  .  .  perform  this  action  .  .  .  to  Thy 
honor.  Help  me  to  do  this,  O  sweet  Virgin  Mary;  and 
do  thou,  my  good  angel,  recall  these  good  resolutions 
to  my  memory,  if  I  should  ever  forget  or  neglect  them. 
Omnia  ad  majorem  Dei  gloriam  ! 


! 
Anima  Christi. 

ASPIRATIONS 


NIMA   Christi,  sancti-   ^OUL  of  Christ,  sanctify 
.     fica  me.  f^?     me. 

Corpus  Christi,  salva  me.          Body  of  Christ,  save  me. 
Sanguis  Christi,  inebria  me.      Blood  of  Christ,  inebriate  me. 
Aqua  lateris  Christi,  lava  me.  Water  from  the  side  of  Christ, 

wash  me. 


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Passio  Christi,  conforta  me.      Passion  of  Christ,  strengthen 

me. 

O  bone  Jesu,  exaudi  me.  O  good  Jesus,  hear  me. 

Intra    tua    vulnera    absconde  Within  Thy  wounds  hide  me. 

me. 
Ne  permittas   me  separari   a  Permit  me  not  to  be  separated 

te.  from  Thee. 

Ab    hoste    maligno    defende  From   the   malignant   enemy 

me.  defend  me. 

In  hora  mortis  meae  voca  me,  In  the  hour  of  my  death  call 

me, 

Et  jube  me  venire  ad  te,       And  bid  me  come  to  Thee, 
Ut  cum    sanctis  tuis  laudem  That,  with  Thy  saints,  I  may 

te.  praise  Thee 

In  saeculasasculorum.     Amen.  For  ever  and  ever.     Amen. 

Indulgence  of  300  days,  every  time. — Pius  IX.,  Jan.  9,  1854. 


Suscipe  of  Si.   Ignatius. 

USCIPE,    Domine,    uni-  JJ^AKE,  O  Lord,  and  re- 

versam  meam    liberta-  ^-J     ceive    all    my    liberty, 

tern.     Accipe  memoriam,  in-  my  memory,  my  understand- 

tellectum    atque    voluntatem  ing,  and  my  whole  will.    Thou 

omnem.     Quidquid  habeo  vel  hast  given  me  all  that  I  am 

possideo,  mihi  largitus  es;   id  and  all  that  I  possess;   I  sur- 

tibi    totum    restituo    ac    tuae  render   it   all   to   Thee,   that 

prorsus  voluntati  trado  guber-  Thou    mayest    dispose    of    it 

nandum.     Amorem  tui  solum  according  to  Thy  will.    Give 

cum  gratia  tua  mihi  dones  et  me  only  Thy  love  and  Thy 

dives  sum  satis,  nee  aliud  quid-  grace;    with  these  I  will    be 

quam  ultra  posco.  rich   enough,   and  will   have 

no  more  to  desire. 

Indulgence  of  300  days,  once  a  day. — Leo  XIIL,  May  26, 
1883. 


1 26  Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Morning. 

Aorning  praters. 

In  the  name  of  the  Father  <%,  and  of  the  Son,  and 
of  the  Holy  Ghost.     Amen. 

Place  Yourself  in  the  Presence  of  God,  and  adore  His 
holy  Name. 

SOST  holy  and  adorable  Trinity,  one  God  in  three 
Persons,  I  believe  that  Thou  art  here  present;  I 
adore  Thee  with  the  deepest  humility,  and  render  to  Thee, 
with  my  whole  heart,  the  homage  which  is  due  to  Thy 
sovereign  majesty.  Blessed  be  the  holy  and  undivided 
Trinity,  now  and  for  ever.  Amen. 

AN   ACT   OF    FAITH. 

OMY  God,  I  firmly  believe  that  Thou  art  one  God 
in  three  divine  Persons,  Father,  Son,  and  Holy 
Ghost;  I  believe  that  Thy  divine  Son  became  man, 
and  died  for  our  sins,  and  that  He  will  come  to  judge  the 
living  and  the  dead.  I  believe  these,  and  all  the  truths 
which  the  holy  Catholic  Church  teaches,  because  Thou 
hast  revealed  them,  Who  canst  neither  deceive  nor  be 
deceived. 

AN   ACT   OF   HOPE. 

OMY  God,  relying  on  Thy  infinite  power,  goodness, 
and  promises,  I  hope  to  obtain  the  pardon  of  my 
sins,  the  help  of  Thy  grace,  and  life  everlasting,  through 
the  merits  of  Jesus  Christ,  my  Lord  and  Redeemer. 

AN  ACT   OF   LOVE. 

OMY  God,  I  love  Thee  above  all  things,  and  with 
my  whole  heart,  because  Thou  art  all-good  and 
worthy   of  all  love.       I  love   my  neighbor  as   myself 
for  the  love  of  Thee. 


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AN   ACT   OF   CONTRITION. 

OMY  God,  for  the  love  of  Thee,  I  heartily  detest 
my  sins.     I  am  truly  sorry  for  having  offended 
Thee,  because  Thou  art  infinitely  good.     I  firmly  re 
solve  never  to  offend  Thee  again,  and  by  the  help  of 
Thy  grace  to  amend  my  life. 

Thank  God  /or  all  Favors  and  Offer  Yourself  to  Him. 
/T\Y  God,  Thou  hast  made  me  out  of  nothing, 
^'^  Thou  hast  redeemed  me  by  the  death  of  Thy 
Son,  Thou  hast  sanctified  me  by  the  grace  of  Thy  Holy 
Spirit,  Thou  hast  favored  me  by  a  call  to  the  religious 
life,  Thou  has  sent  me  so  many  blessings  through  the 
Holy  Eucharist,  Thou  hast  preserved  me  and  brought 
me  happily  to  the  beginning  of  another  day:  I  thank 
Thee,  my  Lord,  most  humbly  and  earnestly  for  these 
benefits  and  for  all  the  graces  which  Thou  hast  bestowed 
upon  me.  I  offer  and  consecrate  to  Thee  my  whole 
being,  and  in  particular  all  my  thoughts,  words,  actions, 
and  sufferings  this  day,  beseeching  Thee  that  through 
the  infinite  merits  of  Jesus  Christ,  my  Saviour,  they  rray 
all  be  pleasing  and  acceptable  in  Thy  sight.  May  Thy 
divine  love  animate  them,  and  may  they  all  tend  to 
Thy  greater  glory. 

Resolve  to  Avoid  Sin  and  to  Practise  Virtue. 
*yr'DORABLE  Jesus,  my  Saviour  and  Master,  model 
«fc*-*-«  of  all  perfection,  I  resolve  and  will  endeavor  this 
day  to  imitate  Thy  example,  to  be,  like  Thee,  mild,  hum 
ble,  chaste,  obedient,  charitable,  and  resigned.  I  will 
redouble  my  efforts  that  I  may  not  fall  this  day  into  any  of 
those  sins  which  I  have  heretofore  committed  (here  name 
my  besetting  sin),  and  which  I  sincerely  desire  to  forsake. 

Ask  God  for  the  Necessary  Graces. 
/~\  MY  God,  Thou  knowest  my  poverty  and  weakness, 
^"^       and  that  I  am  unable  to  do  anything  good  with 
out  Thee;  deny  me  not,  O  God,  the  help  of  Thy  grace: 


T  28  Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Morning. 

proportion  it  to  my  necessities;  give  me  strength  to 
avoid  anything  evil  which  Thou  forbiddest,  and  to  prac 
tise  the  good  which  Thou  hast  commanded;  and  enable 
me  to  bear  patiently  all  the  trials  which  it  may  please 
Thee  to  send  me. 

Let  us  pray  for  the  Holy  Church. 

OGOD,  hear  our  prayers  in  behalf  of  our  holy 
Father,  Pope..  ..,  our  bishops,  our  clergy,  and  for 
all  that  are  in  authority  over  us.  Bless  all  Religious; 
bless  the  whole  Catholic  Church;  convert  all  heretics 
and  unbelievers;  have  mercy  upon  our  country.  Pour 
down  Thy  blessings,  O  Lord,  upon  all  our  friends,  rela- 
t'ves,  and  benefactors.  Help  the  poor  and  sick,  and 
those  who  are  in  their  last  agony.  O  God  of  mercy 
and  goodness,  have  compassion  on  the  souls  of  the 
faithful  in  purgatory;  put  an  end  to  their  sufferings; 
and  grant  to  all  those  for  whom  we  are  particularly 
bound  to  pray,  eternal  light,  rest,  and  happiness. 

V.  Requiem  aeternam  dona  eis,  Domine; 

R.  Et  lux  perpetua  luceat  eis.  Requiescant  in  pace. 
Amen. 

THE   LORD'S   PRAYER. 

Tf^ATER  noster,  qui  es  in  /^|UR  Father,  Who  art  in 
,1—  coelis,  sanctificetur  no-  ^~*  heaven,  hallowed  he- 
men  tuum:  adveniat  regnum  Thy  name:  Thy  kingdom 
tuum:  fiat  voluntas  tua,  sicut  come:  Thy  will  be  done  on 
in  coelo,  et  in  terra.  Panem  earth,  as  it  is  in  heaven.  Give 
nostrum  quotidianum  da  no-  us  this  day  our  daily  bread: 
bis  hodie:  et  dimitte  nobis  and  forgive  us  our  trespasses, 
debita  nostra,  sicut  et  nos  di-  as  we  forgive  those  who  tres- 
mittimus  debitoribus  nostris.  pass  against  us.  And  lead 
Et  ne  nos  inducas  in  tenta-  us  not  into  temptation:  but 
rionem:  sed  libera  nos  a  malo.  deliver  us  from  evil.  Amen. 
Amen. 


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129 


THE    HAIL    MARY. 


*VE,  Maria,  gratia  plena; 
Dominus  tecum ;  bene- 
dicta  tu  in  mulieribus,  et  be- 
nedictus  fructus  ventris  tui, 
Jesus.  Sancta  Maria,  Mater 
Dei,  ora  pro  nobis  peccatori- 
bus,  nunc  et  in  hora  mortis 
nostrae.  Amen. 


AIL,  Mary,  full  of  grace; 
the  Lord  is  with  thee; 
blessed  art  thou  among 
women,  and  blessed  is  the 
fruit  of  thy  womb,  Jesus. 
Holy  Mary,  Mother  of  God, 
pray  for  us  sinners,  now  and 
at  the  hour  of  our  death. 
Amen. 


THE  APOSTLES'  CREED. 

O REDO  in  Deum,  Pa-  '-f  BELIEVE  in  God,  the 
trem  omnipotentem,  ,-»•,  Father  Almighty,  Creator 
Creatorem  cceli  et  teme;  et  of  heaven  and  earth;  and  in 
in  Jesum  Christum,  Filium  Jesus  Christ,  His  only  Son, 
ejus  unicum,  Dominum  no-  our  Lord :  Who  was  conceived 
strum:  qui  conceptus  est  de  by  the  Holy  Ghost,  born  of 
Spiritu  Sancto,  natus  ex  Ma-  the  Virgin  Mary,  suffered 
ria  Virgine,  passus  sub  Pon-  under  Pontius  Pilate,  was  cru- 
tio  Pilato,  crucifixus,  mortuus,  cified,  died,  and  was  buried, 
et  s^pultus.  Descendit  ad  in-  He  descended  into  hell;  the 
hkus;  tertia  die  resurrexit  a  thiid  day  He  rose  again  from 
mortuis;  ascendit  ad  ccelos,  the  dead;  He  ascended  into 
sedet  ad  dexteram  Dei  Patris  heaven,  sitteth  at  the  right 
omnipotentis;  inde  venturus  hand  of  God,  the  Father 
est  judicare  vivos  et  mortuos.  Almighty;  from  thence  He 
Credo  in  Spiritum  Sanctum,  shall  come  to  judge  the  living 
Sanctam  Ecclesiam  Catholi-  and  the  dead.  I  believe  in 
cam,  sanctorum  communio-  the  Holy  Ghost,  the  holy 
nem,  remissionem  peccato-  Catholic  Church,  the  corn- 
rum,  carnis  resurrectionem,  munion  of  saints,  the  forgiye- 
vitam  aeternam.  Amen.  ness  of  sins,  the  resurrection 

of  the  body,  and  the  life  ever 
lasting.     Amen. 

Make   the   intention  to  gain  all  the  indulgences  you  can   this 
day  by  your  prayers  and  good  works. 


1 30  Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Morning. 

Ask  the  Prayers  of  the  Blessed  Virgin,  St.  Joseph,  your 
Guardian  Angel,  and  your  Patron  Saint. 

OLY  Virgin,  Mother  of  God,  my  Mother  and  Pa 
troness,  I  place  myself  under  thy  protection,  I 
throw  myself  with  confidence  into  the  arms  of  thy  com 
passion.  Be  to  me,  O  Mother  of  mercy,  my  refuge  in 
distress,  my  consolation  under  suffering,  my  advocate 
with  thy  adorable  Son,  now  and  at  the  hour  of  my  death. 

INVOCATION   TO    ST.    JOSEPH. 

ELP  us,  Joseph,  in  our  earthly  strife, 
E'er  to  lead  a  pure  and  blameless  life. 

Indulgence  of  300  days,  once  a  day. — Leo  XIII.,  March   18, 
1882. 

NGEL  of  God,  my  guardian  dear, 
To  whom  His  love  commits  me  here, 
Ever  this  day  be  at  my  side, 
To  light  and  guard,  to  rule  and  guide. 

Amen. 

O   GREAT   saint  whose   name  I  bear,  protect    me, 
pray  for  me,  that   like  thee  I  may  serve  God 
faithfully  on  earth,  and  glorify  Him  eternally  with  thee 
in  heaven.     Amen. 

PRAISES  TO  THE  WILL  OF  GOD. 

HIAT,  laudetur,  atque  in  /T)AY  the  most  just,  most 

aeternum  superexalte-  N**»     high,    most    adorable 

tur    justissima,    altissima   et  will  of  God  be  in  all  things 

amabilissima  voluntas  Dei  in  done,   and    praised,   and   for 

omnibus.  ever  magnified. 


Spiritual  Exercises  in  tfce  Morning.  131 


INVOCATIONS. 

77  ESUS,  have  mercy  on  us. 

*J     Jesus,  have  mercy  on  us. 

Holy  Mother  of  God,  pray  for  us. 

All  ye  holy  angels,  pray  for  us. 

Holy  apostles,  pray  for  us. 

Holy  martyrs,  pray  for  us. 

Holy  confessors,  pray  for  us. 

Holy  virgins,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Joseph,  pray  for  us. 

St.  John  Baptist,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Benedict,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Dominic,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Francis  of  Assisi,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Ignatius,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Vincent  of  Paul,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Francis  of  Sales,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Augustine,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Charles,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Bernard,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Thomas  Aquinas,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Francis  Xavier,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Patrick,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Anthony  of  Padua,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Roch,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Teresa,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Gertrude,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Mechtilde,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Ursula  and  all  your  holy  companions,  pray  for  us 

St.  Hildegard,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Catharine,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Clara,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Angela  Merici,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Jane  Frances  de  Chantal,  pray  for  us. 

St.  Elizabeth.  St.  Rose,  Bl.  Margaret  Mary,  pray  for  us. 


132  Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Jforning. 

All  the  holy  founders  and  great  saints  of  the  Religious 

Orders,  pray  for  us. 
May  all  the  saints  in  heaven  intercede  with  God  for  us.* 

LET  US  PRAY  FOR  OUR  REVEREND  MOTHER. 

V.       \  LORD,  save  N.N.,  our  reverend  Mother; 
R.  And  hear  our  prayers  in  her  behalf. 

Let  us  pray. 

*E  beseech  Thee,  almighty  and  eternal  God,  grant 
to  Thy  servant,  N.N.,  who,  through  Thy  mercy, 
hath  undertaken  the  government  of  this  Congregation, 
the  light  of  Thy  Holy  Spirit,  and  an  increase  of  all 
virtues,  that  she  may  perform  the  works  that  are  pleas 
ing  to  Thee,  and,  being  rendered  acceptable  in  Thy 
sight,  may  come  at  length  to  Thee,  Who  art  the  way,  the 
truth,  and  the  life.  Through  Jesus  Christ,  Thy  Son, 
Our  Lord.  Amen. 

Pater,  Ave. 

•Renewal  of  Dows. 

I  WISH,  dear  Jesus,  to  follow  closely  in  Thy  footsteps 
this  day,  carrying  my  cross — the  cross  of  religious 
life — after  Thee.  I  desire  to  fasten  myself  to  the  cross 
by  renewing  my  holy  vows  of  poverty,  chastity,  and 
obedience,  so  that  I  may  resemble  Thee  more  closely, 
my  crucified  Saviour,  Who  art  the  sweet  Spouse  of  my 
soul.  May  all  my  actions,  performed  in  union  with 
Thee,  be  pleasing  to  the  heavenly  Father,  as  spring 
ing  from  the  tree  of  the  cross,  to  which  I  nailed  myself 
on  the  happy  day  on  which  I  made  these  vows.  Sweet 
cross!  Thou  art  my  joy  and  my  salvation. 

*  These  Invocations  may  be  either  extended  or  curtailed  a> 
pleasure. 


Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Morning.  133 


Sbort  formula  of  IRenovation  of  Uows. 

* LMIGHTY  and  eternal  God,  I  renew  and  confirm 
with  all  my  heart  the  vows  of  poverty,  chastity, 
and  obedience  which  I  made  at  my  profession,  and  I 
implore  Thy  grace  to  accomplish  them  perfectly.  Amen. 

MORNING  OFFERING  OF  THE  "  APOSTLESHIP  OF  PRAYER." 

OMY  God,  I  offer  Thee  my  prayers,  works,  and  suffer 
ings  this  day,  in  union  with  the  Sacred  Heart  of 
Jesus,  for  the  intentions  for  which  He  pleads  and  offers 
Himself  in  holy  Mass,  in  thanksgiving  for  Thy  favors, 
in  reparation  for  our  offences,  for  the  petitions  of  our 
associates,  especially  this  month  for — 

(Name  the  General  Intention  for  this  month.) 

EJACULATION  IN  HONOR  OF  THE  SACRED  HEART  OF  JESUS 
IN   THE   BLESSED    SACRAMENT. 

AY  the  Heart  of  Jesus  in  the  Most  Blessed  Sacra - 
ment  be  praised,  adored,  and  loved  with  grate 
ful  affection,  at  every  moment,  in  all  the  tabernacles  of 
the  world,  even  to  the  end  of  time. 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  a  day. — Pius  IX.,  Feb.  29,  1868. 

A  SHORT  ACT  OF  CONSECRATION  TO  THE  SACRED  HEART 

OF  JESUS. 

/T\Y  loving  Jesus!  I,  N.N.,  give  Thee  my  heart,  and 
^'•^>  I  consecrate  myself  wholly  to  Thee,  out  of  the 
grateful  love  I  bear  Thee,  and  as  a  reparation  for  all 
my  unfaithfulness;  and  with  Thy  aid  I  purpose  never 
to  sin  again. 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  a  day,  if  said  before  a  picture  of 
the  Sacred  Heart.—  Pius  VII.,  June  9,  1807. 


134  Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Morning. 


Sweet  Heart  of  Jesus,  be  my  love ! 
Sweet  Heart  of  Mary,  be  my  salvation ! 

Instead  oj  the  preceding  Invocations  may  be  recited  the 

ILitang  of  tbe  d&ost  Ibolg  IRame  of 


YRIE  eleison. 


Christe  eleison. 
Kyrie  eleison. 
Jesu,  audi  nos. 
Jesu,  exaudi  nos. 
Pater  de  coelis  Deus, 
Fili     Redemptor     mundi 

Deus. 

Spiritus  Sancte  Deus, 
Sancta      Trinitas,      unus 

Deus, 
Jesu,  Fili  Dei  vivi, 

Jesu,  splendor  Patris, 
Jesu,  candor  lucis  aeternae, 

Jesu,  rex  glorias, 

Jesu,  sol  justitiae, 

Jesu,  fili  Mariae  Virginis, 

Jesu  amabilis, 
Jesu  admirabilis, 
Jesu,  Deus  fortis, 
Jesu,  Pater  futuri  saeculi, 

Jesu,  magni  consilii  angele, 

Jesu  potentissime, 
Jesu  patientissime, 
Jesu  obedientissime, 
Jesu,     mitis     et     humilis 

corde, 
Jesu,  amator  castitatis, 


"  •    \  ORD,    have    mercy    on 

**   *     us. 

Christ,  have  mercy  on  us. 

Lord,  have  mercy  on  us. 

Jesus,  hear  us. 

Jesus,  graciously  hear  us. 

God  the  Father  of  heaven, 

God  the  Son,  Redeemer  of 

the  world, 

God  the  Holy  Ghost, 
Holy  Trinity,  one  God, 

Jesus,    Son   of  the   living 
God, 

Jesus,  splendor  of  the  Fa 
ther, 

Jesus,  brightness  of  eter 
nal  light, 

.-Jesus,  king  of  glory, 
'  Jesus,  sun  of  justice, 

Jesus,  son   of   the  Virgin 

Mary, 

,  Jesus,  most  amiable, 
'  Jesus,  most  admirable, 

Jesus,  mighty  God, 

Jesus,  father  of  the  world 
to  come, 

Jesus,  angel  of  the  great 
council, 

Jesus,  most  powerful, 

Jesus,  most  patient, 

Jesus,  most  obedient, 

Jesus,  meek  and  humble 
of  heart, 

Jesus,  lover  of  chastity, 


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135 


Jesu,  amator  noster, 
jesu,  Deus  pacis, 
'esu,  auctor  vitae, 
Jesu,  exemplar  virtutum, 
jesu,  zelator  animarum, 
Jesu,  Deus  noster, 
Jesu,  refugium  nostrum, 
Jesu,  Pater  pauperum, 
Jesu,  thesaure  fidelium, 

Jesu,  bone  pastor, 
Jesu,  lux  vera, 
Jesu,  sapientia  aeterna, 
Jesu,  bonitas  infinita, 
Jesu,  via  et  vita  nostra, 

Jesu,  gaudium  angelorum, 
Jesu,  rex  patriarcharum, 
Jesu,    magister    apostolo- 

rum, 
Jesu,  doctor  evangelistar- 

um, 

fesu,  fortitude  martyrum, 
fesu,  lumen  confessorum, 
fesu,  puritas  virginum, 
fesu,    corona    sanctorum 

omnium, 
Propitius    esto,     parce    no- 

bis,  Jesu. 
Propitius  esto,   exaudi    nos, 

Jesu. 

Ab  omni  malo, 
Ab  omni  peccato, 
Ab  ira  tua, 
Ab  insidiis  diaboli, 

A  spiritu  fornicationis, 


A  morte  perpetua, 
A  neglectu  inspirationum 
tuarum, 


Jesus,  lover  of  us, 
Jesus,  God  of  peace, 
Jesus,  author  of  life, 
Jesus,  model  of  virtues, 
Jesus,  zealous  for  souls, 
Jesus,  our  God, 
Jesus,  our  refuge, 
Jesus,  father  of  the  poor, 
Jesus,  treasure  of  the  faith 
ful, 
Jesus,  good  shepherd, 

•  Jesus,  true  light, 
Jesus,  eternal  wisdom, 
Jesus,  infinite  goodness, 
Jesus,   our  way  and  our 

:      life, 

Jesus,  joy  of  angels, 
Jesus,  king  of  patriarchs, 
Jesus,  master  of  apostles, 

Jesus,  teacher  of  evange 
lists, 

Jesus,  strength  of  martyrs, 
Jesus,  light  of  confessors, 
Jesus,  purity  of  virgins, 
Jesus,  crown  of  all  saints, 


Be     merciful,    spare     us,    O 
Jesus. 

Be   merciful,  graciously  hear 
us,  O  Jesus. 

From  all  evil, 

From  all  sin, 
;  From  Thy  wrath, 
'  From   the   snares  of  the 
devil, 

From  the  spirit  of  forni 
cation, 

From  everlasting  death, 

From  the  neglect  of  Thy 
inspirations, 


136 


Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Morning. 


Per  mysterium  sanctae  in- ' 
carnationis  tuae, 

Per  nativitatem  tuara, 

Per  infantiam  tuam, 

Per    divinissimam     vitam 
tuam, 

Per  labores  tuos, 

Per  agoniam  et  Passionem 
tuam, 

Per  crucem  et  dereliction- 
em  tuam, 

Per  languores  tuos, 


Through   the   mystery   of 

Thy    holy    Incarnation, 
Through  Thy  nativity, 
Through  Thine  infancy, 
Through  Thy  most  divine 

life, 

Through  Thy  labors, 
Through  Thine  agony  and 

Passion, 
Through    Thy   cross   and  I- |; 

dereliction, 
Through     Thy     faintness 

and  weariness, 
Through  Thy   death  and 

burial, 

ThroughThy  Resurrection , 
Through  Thine  Ascension, 
*  Through  Thy  joys, 
Through  Thy  glory, 


Per  mortem  et  sepulturam 

tuam, 

Per  resurrectionem  tuam, 
Per  ascensionem  tuam, 
*  Per  gaudia  tua, 
Per  gloriam  tuam, 

Agnus  Dei,  qui  tollis  peccata  Lamb  of    God,    Who    takest 
mundi,   parce  nobis,   Jesu.       away  the  sins  of  the  world, 

spare  us,  O  Jesus. 
Lamb  of  God,  etc.,  graciously 
miserere      hear  us,  O  Jesus. 

Lamb    of    God,    etc,    have 

mercy  on  us;  O  Jesus. 
Jesus,  hear  us. 
Jesus,  graciously  hear  us. 

Let  us  Pray. 

BOMINE     Jesu  Christe,  |^\    LORD    Jesus    Christ, 
qui  dixisti:    Petite,  et   vX     Who   hast   said:     Ask, 


Agnus  Dei,  etc.,  exaudi  nos, 

Jesu. 
Agnus     Dei,    etc., 

nobis,  Jesu. 
Jesu,  audi  nos. 
Jesu,  exaudi  nos. 


Or  em  us. 

kOMINE     Jesu  Christe,  / 
qui  dixisti:    Petite,  et   > 

accipietis;  quaerite,  et  inveni-  and  ye  shall  receive;  seek,  and 
etis;  pulsate,  et  aperietur  ye  shall  find;  knock,  and  it 
vobis,  qutesumus;  da  nobis  shall  be  opened  unto  you; 
petentibus  divinissimi  tui  grant,  we  beseech  Thee,  unto 
amoris  affectum,  ut  te  toto  us  who  ask,  the  gift  of  Thy 
corde,  ore  et  opere  diligamus,  most  divine  love,  that  we  may 

ever  love  Thee  with  all  our 

*  Where  authorized  by  the  Bishop,  the  following  invocation 
may  be  added  here :  Per  sanctissimas  Eucharistiae  institutionem 
tuam.  Through  Thy  institution  of  the  most  holy  Eucharist. 
(Congr.  of  Rites,  Feb.  8,  1905.) 


Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Morning.  )$j 

et  a  tua  nunquam  laude  cesse-  hearts,  and  in  all  our  words 
mus.  and  actions,  and  never  cease 

from     showing     forth     Thy 

praise. 

Sancti  Nominis  tui,  Do-  Make  us,  O  Lord,  to  have 
mine,  timorem  pariter  et  a  perpetual  fear  and  love  of 
amorem  fac  nos  habere  per-  Thy  holy  name;  for  Thou 
peiuum,  quia  nunquam  tua  never  failest  to  govern  those 
gubernatione  destituis  quos  whom  Thou  dost  solidly  es- 
in  soliditate  tuae  dilectionis  tablish  in  Thy  love.  WTho 
instituis.  Qui  vivis  et  reg-  livest  and  reignest,  etc. 
nas,  etc.  Amen.  Amen. 

Indulgence  of  300  days,  once  a  day. — Leo  XIII.,  Jan.  16,  1886. 
THE   ANGELUS    DOMINI. 

'NGELUS  Domini  nun-  ^T'HE  angel  ot  the  Lord  de- 
tiavit  Mariae,  et  con-   V-J     clared  unto  Mary,  and 
cepit  de  Spiritu  Sancto.  she    conceived    of    the    Holy 

Ghost 

Ave  Maria,  ett.  Hail  Maiy,  etc. 

Ecce  ancilla  Domini:  ~at  Behold  the  handmaid  of 
mihi  secundum  verbum  tu  n.  the  Lord:  be  it  done  unto  me 

according  to  thy  word. 

Ave  Maria,  etc.  Hail  Mary,  etc. 

Et  verbum  caro  factum  est,  And  the  Word  was  made 
et  habitavit  in  nobis.  flesh,  and  dwelt  among  us. 

Ave  Maria,  etc.  Hail  Mary,  etc. 

Or  emus.  Let  us  pray. 

xSRATIAM  tuam,  quae-  "t^OUR  forth,  we  beseech 
\£>  sumus,  Domme,  men-  <*—  Thee,  O  Lord!  Thy 
tibus  nostris  infunde:  ut  qui,  grace  jnto  our  hearts,  that  we, 
angelo  nuntiante,  Christi  Filii  unto  wnom  the  Incarnation 
tui  incarnationem  cognovi-  of  Christ,  Thy  Son,  was  made 
mus,  per  Passionem  ejus  et  known  by  the  message  of  an 
crucem  ad  resurrectionis  glo-  angei;  may>  by  His  Passion 
riam  perducamur.  Per  eum-  and  cross,  be  brought  to  the 
dem  Christum  Dominum  nos-  giory  of  the  Resurrection, 
trum.  Amen.  through  the  same  Christ  our 

Lord.     Amen. 


138  Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Morning. 

INSTEAD   OF   THE   Angelus   SAY   THE   Regina 

From    Easter    until    Trinity.  From  Easter  until  Trinity. 
Regina  cceli,  laetare,  Queen    of    heaven,     rejoice, 

Alleluia.  Alleluia. 

Quia  quern  meruisti  portare,  For  He  Whom  thou  didst  de 
serve  to  bear, 

Alleluia.  Alleluia. 

Resurrexit,  sicut  dixit,  Is  risen  again  as  He  said, 

Alleluia.  Alleluia. 

Ora  pro  nobis  Deum,  Pray  for  us  to  God, 

Alleluia.  Alleluia. 

V.  Gaude  et  laetare,  Virgo  V.  Rejoice  and  be  glad,  O 
Maria,  Virgin  Mary! 

Alleluia.  Alleluia. 

R.  Quia  surrexit  Dominus  R.  Because  Our  Lord  is 
vere,  truly  risen, 

Alleluia.  Alleluia. 

Oremus.  Let  us  pray. 

Deus,  qui  per  resurrec-  O  God,  Who,  by  the  Resur- 
tionem  Filii  tui,  Domini  nos-  rection  of  Thy  Son,  Our  Lord 
tri,  Jesu  Christi,  mundum  Jesus  Christ,  hath  been 
jaetificare  dignatus  es,  praes-  pleased  to  fill  the  world  with 
ta,  quaesumus,  ut  per  ejus  joy,  grant,  we  beseech  Thee, 
genitricem  Virginem  Mariam  that  by  the  Virgin  Mary,  His 
perpetuae  capiamus  gaudia  Mother,  we  may  receive  the 
vitae:  per  eumdem  Christum,  joys  of  eternal  life:  through 
Dominum  nostrum.  the  same  Christ  our  Lord. 

R.  Amen.  R.  Amen. 

HYMN  AT   PRIME    ON     SUNDAYS    AND    WEEK-DAYS    THROUGH 
OUT   THE   YEAR. 

Jam  lucis  orto  sidere. 
I OWT  doth  the  sun  ascend  the  sky, 
And  wake  creation  with  its  ray; 
Keep  us  from  sin,  O  Lord  most  high! 
Through  all  the  actions  of  the  day. 

Curb  Thou  for  us  th'  unruly  tongue; 

Teach  us  the  way  of  peace  to  prize; 
And  close  our  eyes  against  the  throng 

Of  earth's  absorbing  vanities. 


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Oh,  may  our  hearts  be  pure  within! 

No  cherish'd  madness  vex  the  soul! 
May  abstinence  the  flesh  restrain, 

And  its  rebellious  pride  control. 

So  when  the  evening  stars  appear, 
And  in  their  train  the  darkness  bring; 

May  we,  O  Lord,  with  conscience  clear, 
Our  praise  to  Thy  pure  glory  sing. 

To  God  the  Father,  glory  be, 

And  to  His  sole-begotten  Son, 
Glory,  O  Holy  Ghost,  to  Thee, 

While  everlasting  ages  run. 

21  Sbort  Jform  of  /nborntna  praters  for  IReltgfous. 

(All  the  essential  points  of  the  preceding  Morning  Prayers 
will  be  found  condensed  in  this  Short  Form.} 

IN  the  name  of  the  Father,  »J«  and  of  the  Son,  and  of 
the  Holy  Ghost.     Amen. 

Come,  Holy  Ghost,  fill  the  hearts  of  Thy  faithful, 
and  kindle  in  them  the  fire  of  Thy  love. 

Most  holy  and  adorable  Trinity,  one  God  in  three 
Persons,  I  adore  Thee,  as  Thou  art  truly  present  here, 
with  the  deepest  humility,  and  render  to  Thee,  with  my 
whole  heart,  the  worship  that  is  due  to  Thy  sovereign 
majesty. 

0  my  good  God,  I  thank  Thee  for  having  preserved 
me  during  the  past  night,  for  all  the  favors  Thou  hast 
hitherto  granted  me,  and  especially  for  the  grace  of  my 
vocation  to  the  religious  life. 

1  believe  in  Thee,  because  Thou  art  truth  itself; 

I  hope  in  Thee,  because  Thou  art  all  good,  all-power 
ful,  and  faithful  to  Thy  promises ; 

I  love  Thee  above  all  things,  and  with  my  whole  heart, 
because  Thou  art  infinitely  perfect  and  worthy  of  all 
love.  I  am  truly  sorry  for  having  offended  Thee  be- 


140  Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Morning, 

cause  Thou  art  infinitely  good,  and  I  heartily  detest  my 
sins  because  by  them  I  have  displeased  Thee.  I  am 
firmly  resolved,  with  the  help  of  Thy  grace,  to  amend 
my  life,  and  to  strive  more  earnestly  than  ever  after  per 
fection  in  the  following  of  Christ  and  in  the  imitation 
of  the  saints.  Accept,  O  Lord,  my  good  will;  grant  me 
Thy  blessing,  that  I  may  do  Thy  holy  will  and  please 
Thee  this  day  in  all  my  thoughts,  words,  actions,  and 
sufferings,  which  I  offer  and  consecrate  to  Thee,  for  Thy 
greater  glory,  in  union  with  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus 
and  the  immaculate  Heart  of  Mary. 

I  intend  to  gain  all  the  indulgences  that  I  can  this 
day,  and  to  be  present  in  spirit  at  all  the  Masses  which 
will  be  celebrated  to-day  in  the  whole  world. 

I  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord,  to  accept  the  dedication  of 
my  whole  being,  and  of  all  my  good  works  and  prayers 
to  Thy  divine  honor,  in  union  with  the  offerings  of  all 
just  souls  on  earth,  and  of  all  Religious  Congregations. 

I  implore  Thy  grace  to  enable  me  to  perform  all  my 
duties  in  the  spirit  of  our  Holy  Rule,  and  to  observe 
faithfully  my  vows,  which  I  now  renew.  Bless  our 
dear  Reverend  Mother  in  the  government  of  our  holy 
Institute,  and  direct  her  in  the  way  of  salvation.  Teach 
us  all  to  do  Thy  will,  O  God,  and  strengthen  us  to  ful 
fill  it  perfectly. 

O  Jesus,  ever-present  in  the  adorable  Sacrament  of 
the  Altar,  may  every  creature  praise  and  bless  Thee. 

O  Sacrament  most  holy;   O  Sacrament  divine; 

All  praise  and  all  thanksgiving  be  every  moment 
Thine! 

Lord  Jesus,  keep  me  in  Thy  love;  let  me  dwell  in  Thy 
Sacred  Heart,  let  me  live  in  close  union  with  Thee  all 
through  the  day. 

Mary,  my  dear  Mother,  I  love  thee;  bless  me  and 
protect  me. 

St.  Joseph,  friend  of  the  Sacred  Heart,  pray  for  me. 
My  good  angel,  enlighten  and  guard  me,  rule  a;id 


Spiritual  Exercises  in  the  Morning.  141 

guide  me.  My  holy  patron  saints,  I  salute  you,  and 
beseech  you,  together  with  all  the  angels  and  saints,  to 
pray  for  me. 

Unto  the  King  of  ages,  the  immortal,  invisible,  only 
God,  be  honor  and  glory  for  ever  and  ever ! 

The  Lord  bless  us,  and  keep  us  from  all  evil,  and 
bring  us  unto  life  everlasting. 

May  the  souls  of  the  faithful  departed,  through  the 
mercy  of  God,  rest  in  peace.  Amen. 

/nborning  ©ffering  to  tbe  JSlessefc  Sacrament. 

f~\  SWEETEST  Jesus,  divine  Friend,  Thou  hast  been 
^^  watching  and  waiting  patiently  and  lovingly 
in  Thy  lonely  tabernacle  all  through  the  dark  night  for 
this  moment,  which  finds  me  once  more  at  Thy  blessed 
feet,  that  I  may  be  consoled  and  strengthened  by  Thy 
presence.  And  now,  my  dearest  Lord,  I  have  come  in 
humble  adoration  before  Thee,  with  a  heart  full  of 
thanks  for  abiding  with  us  "all  days,"  for  having  pro 
tected  and  preserved  me  during  the  past  night,  and  for 
having  given  me  another  day  to  labor  for  Thy  greater 
honor  and  glory,  and  for  the  salvation  of  my  soul.  In 
reparation  for  all  the  sufferings  that  Thy  Sacred  Heart 
endures  in  the  Blessed  Sacrament,  I  offer  Thee  the 
adoration  and  praise  of  all  the  just  on  earth,  of  all  the 
angels  and  saints  in  heaven,  and  especially  of  Thy 
blessed  Mother.  I  offer  Thee  my  heart,  my  soul,  my 
body,  and  all  that  I  have.  My  whole  being  shall  be 
consecrated  to  Thy  service.  Deign  to  make  me  obedi 
ent,  modest,  humble,  patient,  kind,  and  simple  as  a  little 
child;  draw  me  to  Thee  in  ever  closer  union  with  Thy 
loving  Sacred  Heart;  make  me  resigned  to  Thy  holy 
will,  and  grant  that  I  may  be  found  worthy  one  day  of 
that  reward  which  Thou  hast  promised  to  those  who 
love  and  serve  Thee  faithfully  on  earth.  Give  me  Thy 
grace,  that  I  may  become  a  saint.  Oh,  stay  with  us. 


i42  Evening  Prayers. 

dear  Jesus,  till  the  evening  of  life.  Pardon  me  all  my 
past  transgressions;  for  I  love  Thee  truly  with  my  whole 
heart;  and  when  death  conies,  say  to  me:  "Enter  thou 
into  the  joy  of  thy  Lord."  Amen. 

36\>enin0  praters. 

'T'N  the  name  of  the  Father,  »J«  and  of  the  Son,  and  of 
•^  the  Holy  Ghost.  Amen. 

Come,  O  Holy  Ghost,  fill  the  hearts  of  Thy  faithful, 
and  kindle  in  them  the  fire  of  Thy  love. 

Place  Yourself  in  the  Presence  of  God  and  Humbly  Adore 
Him. 


God!  the  Lord  of  heaven  and  earth!  I 
prostrate  myself  before  Thee.  With  the  ador 
able  Heart  of  Jesus,  the  immaculate  heart  of  Mary,  and 
with  all  Thy  angels  and  saints,  I  adore  Thee,  and  ren 
der  to  Thee  the  homage  of  my  being  and  life.  I  acknowl 
edge  Thee  to  be  my  Creator  and  sovereign  Lord.  I 
devote  myself  to  Thy  divine  service  now  and  for  ever. 
Amen.  . 

AN   ACT   OF    FAITH. 

f"\  MY  God!  I  firmly  believe  all  the  sacred  truths 
V>^  which  Thy  Holy  Catholic  Church  believes  and 
teaches;  because  Thou  hast  revealed  them,  Who  canst 
neither  deceive  nor  be  deceived. 

AN   ACT   OF   HOPE. 

MY  God!  relying  on  Thy  infinite  power,  goodness, 
and  promises,  I  hope  to  obtain  the  pardon  of  my 
sins,  the  assistance  of  Thy  grace,  and  life  everlasting, 
through  the  merits  of  Jesus  Christ,  my  Lord  and  Re 
deemer. 


Evening  Prayers.  143 


AN   ACT   OF   LOVE. 

f"\  MY  God!  I  love  Thee  above  all  things,  with  my 
^^  whole  heart  and  soul,  because  Thou  art  infinitely 
amiable,  and  deserving  of  all  love.  I  love,  also,  my 
neighbor  as  myself,  for  the  love  of  Thee.  I  forgive  all 
who  have  injured  me,  and  ask  pardon  of  all  whom  I 
have  injured. 

Pater  Nosier,  Ave  Maria,  and  Credo. 
Return  Thanks  to  God  for  all  His  Mercies. 

I  THANK  Thee,  O  my  God,  for  all  Thy  benefits.  How 
can  I  thank  Thee  worthily  for  Thy  inestimable 
graces  ?  Thou  hast  thought  of  me  and  loved  me  from 
all  eternity;  Thou  hast  formed  me  out  of  nothing;  Thou 
hast  delivered  up  Thy  beloved  Son  to  the  ignominious 
death  of  the  cross  for  my  redemption;  Thou  hast  made 
me  a  member  of  Thy  holy  Church;  Thou  hast  even 
called  me  to  the  religious  life;  Thou  hast  preserved 
me  from  falling  into  the  abyss  of  eternal  misery,  when 
my  sins  had  provoked  Thee  to  punish  me;  Thou  hast 
graciously  continued  to  spare  me,  even  though  I  have 
not  ceased  to  offend  Thee.  What  return,  O  my  God, 
can  I  make  for  Thy  innumerable  blessings  and  particu 
larly  for  the  favors  of  this  day?  O  all  ye  saints  and 
angels,  unite  with  me  in  praising  the  God  of  mercies, 
Who  is  so  bountiful  to  so  unworthy  a  creature. 

Ask  0}  God  Light  to  Discover  the  Sins  Committed  this  Day. 

MY  God,  sovereign  Judge  of  men,  Who  desirest  not 
the  death  of  a  sinner,  but  that  he  should  be  con 
verted  and  saved,  enlighten  my  mind,  that  I  may  know 
the  sins  which  I  have  this  day  committed  in  thought, 
word,  and  deed,  and  give  me  the  grace  of  true  contrition. 


144  Evening  Prayers. 

Here  Examine  your  Conscience;  then  Say: 

/~\  MY  God,  I  heartily  repent,  and  am  grieved  that  I 
^^  have  offended  Thee,  because  Thou  art  infinitely 
good  and  sin  is  infinitely  displeasing  to  Thee.  I  humbly 
ask  of  Thee  mercy  and  pardon,  through  the  infinite 
merits  of  Jesus  Christ.  I  resolve  by  the  assistance  of 
Thy  grace,  to  do  penance  for  my  sins,  and  I  will  endeavor 
never  more  to  offend  Thee. 

THE    CONF1TEOR. 

OONFITEOR  Deo  omni-  '-f  CONFESS  to  Almighty 
potenti,  beatse  Mariae  .-••»  God,  to  blessed  Mary, 
semper  Virgini,  beato  Michaeli  ever  Virgin,  to  blessed  Mi- 
Archangelo,  beato  Joanni  chael  the  Archangel,  to  blessed 
Baptistae,  sanctis  apostolis  Pe-  John  the  Baptist,  to  the  holy 
tro  et  Paulo,  omnibus  sanctis,  apostles  Peter  and  Paul,  and 
et  tibi,  Pater,  quia  pcccavi  to  all  the  saints,  and  to  you, 
nimis  cogitatione,  verbo,  et  Father,  that  I  have  sinned 
opere,  mea  culpa,  mea  culpa,  exceedingly  in  thought,  word, 
mea  maxima  culpa.  Ideo  and  deed,  through  my  fault, 
precor  beatam  Mariam  sem-  through  my  fault,  through 
per  Virginem,  beatum  Mi-  my  most  grievous  fault, 
chaelem  Archangelum,beatum  Therefore  I  beseech  blessed 
Joannem  Baptistam,  sanctos  Mary  ever  Virgin,  blessed 
apostolos  Petrum  et  Paulum,  Michael  the  Archangel,  blessed 
omnes  sanctos,  et  te,  Pater,  John  the  Baptist,  the  holy 
orare  pro  me  ad  Dominum  apostles  Peter  and  Paul,  all 
Deum  nostrum.  the  saints,  and  you,  Father, 

to  pray  to  the  Lord  our  God 
for  me. 

Misereatur  nostri  omnipo-  May  almighty  God  have 
tens  Deus,  et  dimissis  peccatis  mercy  upon  us,  and  forgive  us 
nostris,  perducat  nos  ad  vitam  our  sins,  and  bring  us  unto  life 
aeternam.  Amen.  everlasting.  Amen. 

Indulgentiam,  4-  absolutio-       May  the  almighty  and  mer- 
nem,    et   remissionem    pecca-  ciful  Lord  grant  us  pardon,  4- 
torum  nostrorum,  tribuat  no-  absolution,  and  remission  of 
bis  omnipotens  et  misericors  our  sins.     Amen. 
Dominus.     Amen. 


Evening  Prayers.  145 

Pray  for  the  Church  0}  Christ. 

OGOD,  hear  my  prayers  in  behalf  of  our  holy  Father 
Pope  N.,  our  bishops,  our  clergy,  and  for  all  that 
are  in  authority  over  us.    Bless,  I  beseech  Thee,  the  whole 
Catholic  Church,  and  convert  all  heretics  and  unbe 
lievers. 

Let  us  pray  for  our  Reverend  Mother.    (See  Morning 
Prayers,  page  132),  or  say  the  Memorare  for  her. 

Pray  jor  the  Living  and  for  the  Faithful  Departed. 

down  Thy  blessings,  O  Lord,  upon  all  oui 
friends,  relations  and  benefactors.  Bless  our 
Institute.  Help  the  poor  and  sick,  and  those  who  are 
in  their  last  agony.  O  God  of  mercy  and  goodness, 
have  compassion  on  the  souls,  of  the  faithful  in  pur 
gatory;  put  an  end  to  their  sufferings,  and  grant  to 
them  eternal  light,  rest,  and  happiness.  Have  pity 
especially  upon  the  souls  of  our  Superiors,  and  of  the 
Sisters  who  once  dwelt  in  this  house,  and  who  have  gone 
before  us,  through  the  portals  of  death,  into  the  house 
of  eternity. 

V.  Requiem  aeternam  dona  eis,  Domine; 

R.  Et  lux  perpetua  luceat  eis.     Amen. 

Commend  Yourself  to  God,  to  ike  Blessed  Virgin,  and  the 
Saints. 

BLESS,  O  Lord,  the  repose   I   am  about  to  take, 
that,  my  bodily  strength  being   renewed,  I   may 
be  the  better  enabled  to  serve  Thee. 

BLESSED  Virgin  Mary,  Mother  of  mercy,  pray  for 
me  that  I  may  be  preserved  this  night  from  all  evil, 
whether  of  body  or  soul.  Dear  St.  Joseph,  all  ye  saints 
and  angels,  and  especially  you,  my  guardian  angel  and 


146  Evening  Prayers. 

my  chosen  patron,  watch  over  me.     I  commend  myself  to 
your  protection  now  and  always.     Amen. 

MEMORARE   TO   THE   BLESSED   VIRGIN. 

EMEMBER,  O  most  gracious  Virgin  Mary,  that 
never  was  it  known  that  any  one  who  fled  to  thy 
protection,  implored  thy  help,  and  sought  thy  interces 
sion,  was  left  unaided.  Inspired  with  this  confidence, 
I  fly  unto  thee,  O  Virgin  of  virgins,  my  Mother.  To 
thee  I  come;  before  thee  I  stand,  sinful  and  sorrowful, 
O  Mother  of  the  Word  Incarnate!  despise  not  my  peti 
tions,  but  in  thy  mercy  hear  and  answer  me.  Amen. 

Mary,  my  dearest  Mother,  pray  to  Jesus  for  me ;  pray 
for  our  Reverend  Mother. 

litany  of  tbe  JSlessefc  IDfrgitu 

KYRIE  eleison.  «j-»  ORD,  have  mercy. 

Christe  eleison  ri   i     Christ,  have  mercy 

Kyrie  eleison.  Lord,  have  mercy. 

Christe,  audi  nos.  Christ,  hear  us. 

Christe,  exaudi  nos.  Christ,  graciously  hear  us. 
Pater  de  ccelis  Deus,  miserere  God  the  Father  of  heaven, 

nobis.  have  mercy  on  us. 

Fili  Redemptor  mundi  Deus,   God  the  Son,  Redeemer  of  the 

miserere  nobis.  world,  have  mercy  on  us. 

Spiritus    Sancte    Deus,  mis-  God   the   Holy    Ghost,    have 

erere  nobis.  mercy  on  us. 

Sancta  Trinitas,   unus  Deus,  Holy  Trinity,  one  God,  have 

miserere  nobis.  mercy  on  us. 


Sancta  Maria, 
Sancta  Dei  genitrix, 
Sancta  virgo  virginum, 


Holy  Mary, 
Holy  Mother  of  God, 
$>  Holy  Virgin  of  virgins, 

,  ^  Mother  of  Christ,  !> 

Mater  divinae  gratiae,  |-  2  Mother  of  divine  grace,       \  s 


Mater  purissima, 
Mater  castissima, 
Mater  inviolata, 
Mater  intemerata, 


|  Mother  most  pure, 
5-  Mother  most  chaste, 
Mother  inviolate, 
Mother  undented. 


Evening  Prayers. 


147 


Mater  amabilis, 

Mater  admirabilis, 

Mater  boni  consilii, 

Mater  Creatoris, 

Mater  Salvatoris, 

Virgo  prudentissima, 

Virgo  veneranda, 

Virgo  praedicanda, 

Virgo  potens, 

Virgo  clemens, 

Virgo  fidelis, 

Speculum  justitiae, 

Sedes  sapientiae, 

Causa  nostrae  laetitiae, 

Vas  spirituale, 

Vas  honorabile, 

Vas  insigne  devotionis, 

Rosa  mystica, 

Turris  Davidica, 

Turris  eburnea, 

Domus  aurea, 

Fcederis  area, 

Janua  cceli, 

Stella  matutina, 

Salus  infirmorum, 

Refugium  peccatorum, 

Consolatrix  afflictorum, 

Auxilium  Christianorum, 

Regina  angelorum, 

Regina  patriarcharum, 

Regina  prophetarum, 

Regina  apostolorum, 

Regina  martyrum, 

Regina  confessorum, 

Regina  virginum, 

Regina  sanctorum  om 
nium, 

Regina  sine  labe  originali 
concepta, 

Regina  sacratissimi  ro- 
sarii. 


Mother  most  amiable, 
Mother  most  admirable, 
Mother  of  good  counsel, 
Mother  of  our  Creator, 
Mother  of  our  Saviour, 
Virgin  roost  prudent, 
Virgin  most  venerable, 
Virgin  most  renowned, 
Virgin  most  powerful, 
Virgin  most  merciful, 
Virgin  most  faithful, 
Mirror  of  justice, 
Seat  of  wisdom, 
Cause  of  our  joy, 
Spiritual  vessel, 
Vessel  of  honor, 
Singular  vessel  of  devotion, 
Mystical  Rose, 

$>  Tower  of  David, 

£  Tower  of  ivory, 

2  House  of  gold, 

|  Ark  of  the  covenant, 

?•  Gate  of  heaven, 
Morning  star, 
Health  of  the  sick, 
Refuge  of  sinners, 
Comfoiter  of  the  afflicted, 
Help  of  Christians, 
Queen  of  angels, 
Queen  of  patriarchs, 
Queen  of  prophets, 
Queen  of  apostles, 
Queen  of  martyrs, 
Queen  of  confessors, 
Queen  of  virgins, 
Queen  of  all  saints, 

Queen  conceived  without 

original  sin, 
Queen  of  the  most  holy 

Rosary, 


14.8 


Evening  Prayers. 


Agnus  Dei,  qui  tollis  peccata   Lamb   of    God,   Who   takest 
mundi,  parce  nobis,Domine.       away  the  sins  of  the  world, 

spare  us,  O  Lord. 

Agnus  Dei,  qui  tollis  peccata   Lamb    of    God,  Who  takest 
mundi,  exaudi  nos,  Domine.        away  the  sins  of  the  world, 

graciously  hear  us,  O  Lord. 

Agnus  Dei,  qui  tollis  peccata   Lamb    of    God,   Who  takest 
mundi,  miserere  nobis.  away  the  sins  of  the  world, 

have  mercy  on  us. 

Indulgence  of  300  days  every  time;    plenary  indulgence  under 
usual  conditions. — Pius  VII.,  Sept.  30,  1817. 


SUB  TUUM  PRESIDIUM. 


B  tuum  presidium  con- 
fugimus,  sancta  Dei 
Genitrix;  nostras  depreca- 
tiones  ne  despicias  in  necessi- 
tatibus  nostris,  sed  a  periculis 
cunctis  libera  nos,  semper 
virgo  gloriosa  et  benedicta. 

V.  Ora  pro  nobis,  sancta 
Dei  Genitrix. 

R.  Ut  digni  efficiamur  pro- 
missionibus  Christi. 


fly  to  thy  patronage! 
O  holy  Mother  of  God, 
despise  not  our  petitions  in 
our  necessities,  and  deliver  us 
from  all  dangers,  O  ever  glo 
rious  and  blessed  Virgin! 

V.  Pray  for  us,  O  holy 
Mother  of  God. 

R.  That  we  may  be  made 
worthy  of  the  promises  of 
Christ. 


Or  emus. 


tuam  quaesu- 
mus,  Domine,  menti- 
bus  nostris  infunde:  ut  qui, 
angelo  nuntiante,  Christi  Filii 
tui  incarnationem  cognovi- 
mus,  per  passionem  ejus  et 
crucem  ad  resurrectionis  glo- 
riam  perducamur.  Per  eum- 
flem  Christum  Dominum  nos 
trum.  Amen. 


Let  us  pray. 

BOUR  forth,  we  beseech 
Thee,  O  Lord,  Thy 
grace  into  our  hearts;  that 
we,  to  whom  the  Incarnation 
of  Christ,  Thy  Son,  was  made 
known  by  the  message  of  an 
angel,  may,  by  His  Passion 
and  cross,  be  brought  to  the 
glory  of  His  Resurrection. 
Through  the  same  Christ  our 
Lord.  Amen. 


Evening  Prayers. 


149 


Or  emus. 

E  F  E  N  D  E,  qucEsu- 
mus,  Domine,  beata 
Maria  semper  Virgine  inter- 
cedente,  istam  ab  omni  adver- 
sitate  familiam:  et,  toto  corde 
tibi  prostratam,  ab  hostium 
propitius  tuere  clementer  in- 
sidiis. 

Deus,  qui  ineffabili  provi- 
dentia  beatum  Joseph  Sanc- 
tissimse  Genitricis  tuae  Spon- 
sum  eligere  dignatus  es; 
praesta,  quaesumus,  ut  quern 
protectorem  veneramur  in 
terris,  intercessorem  habere 
mereamur  in  caslis.  Qui  vivis 
et  regnas  in  sascula  saeculorum. 


R.  Amen. 


Let  us  pray. 

"T^VEFEND,  O  Lord,  we 
«-*— '  beseech  Thee,  by  the 
intercession  of  blessed  Mary 
ever  Virgin,  this  Thy  family 
from  all  adversity;  and  merci 
fully  protect  us,  who  pros 
trate  ourselves  before  Thee 
with  all  our  hearts,  from  the 
snares  of  the  enemy. 

O  God,  Who  by  Thy  un 
speakable  providence  didst 
vouchsafe  to  choose  blessed 
Joseph  to  be  the  spouse  of 
Thy  most  holy  Mother;  grant 
that,  while  we  venerate  him 
as  our  protector  on  earth,  we 
may  deserve  to  be  aided  by 
his  intercession  in  heaven. 
Who  livest  and  reignest,  world 
without  end. 

R.  Amen. 


V.  Vouchsafe,  O  Lord,  this  night  to  keep  us  without 


sin. 


R.  Have  mercy  on  us,  O  Lord,  have  mercy  on  us. 

Let  us  pray. 

^TT'ISIT,  we  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord,  this  habitation 

"  and  drive  from  it  all  the  snares  of  the  enemy. 
Let  Thy  holy  angels  dwell  herein,  to  preserve  us  in  peace; 
and  may  Thy  blessing  be  upon  us  forever,  through 
Jesus  Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

Jesus,  Mary,  and  Joseph,  I  give  my  heart  and  my  soul 
to  you; 

Jesus,  Mary,  and  Joseph,  assist  me  in  my  last  agony; 

Jesus,  Mary,  and  Joseph,  may  I  breathe  forth  my  soul 
in  peace  with  you. 


150  Evening  Prayers. 

Consecration  of  TReif0iou0  Communities. 

SACRED  Heart  of  Jesus,  whence  came  those 
words  of  truly  ineffable  love:  "Come  to  Me 
all  you  that  labor  and  are  burdened,  and  I  will  refresh 
you."  Relying  upon  this  promise  of  Thine  infinite 
tenderness  and  charity,  in  the  trial?  and  hardships  of 
our  times,  when  the  universal  Church  is  attacked  in  her 
chief  Pastor  and  in  her  religious  children,  we  betake 
ourselves  to  Thee.  We  have  determined  to  consecrate 
to  Thee  for  ever,  solemnly  and  anew,  this  our  house, 
ourselves,  and  all  that  belongs  to  us.  Do  Thou  gra 
ciously  look  down  upon  us  and  accept  our  vows,  that, 
sealed  by  Thy  grace,  they  may  ever  remain  firm  and 
unchangeable. 

Wherefore,  dearest  Jesus,  our  sovereign  Lord  and 
Leader,  we,  although  most  unworthy  members  of  this 
(College,  Convent,  Academy,  House,  etc.,  N.N.),  yet 
trusting  in  Thy  help  and  grace,  offer,  and  consecrate 
ourselves  and  our  household  entirely  to  Thy  most 
Sacred  Heart,  and  we  submit  ourselves  and  all  that 
we  have  to  Thy  most  holy  will. 

We  call  upon  our  blessed  Lady,  Thy  Virgin  Mother, 
our  Founder  N.,  and  the  whole  court  of  heaven  to  wit 
ness  that  this  is  our  intention,  our  desire,  and  our  firm 
determination  to  imitate  as  closely  as  possible  Thy 
most  Sacred  Heart  in  practising  the  virtues  belonging 
to  our  state  of  life,  in  order  that  we  may  promote  Thy 
glory  in  ourselves,  and  make  some  reparation  for  all 
the  grievous  insults  offered  to  Thee. 

We,  therefore,  implore  Thee,  dearest  Jesus,  to  pro 
tect  our  house,  to  guard  us  Thy  servants  for  ever  in  Thy 
most  Sacred  Heart,  and  to  sanctify  our  labors,  our 
studies,  and  trials.  May  we,  by  Thy  grace,  advance 
Thy  greater  glory,  the  salvation  of  souls,  and  devotion 
to  Thy  most  Sacred  Heart.  Amen. 


Evening  Prayers.  151 

Bet  ot  Consecration  for  "Keltgious. 

Yen.  de  la  Colombiere. 

MY   amiable    Redeemer.     I    give    and    consecrate 
myself  to  Thy  Sacred  Heart  without  reserve. 

I  have  in  a  manner  nailed  myself  to  Thy  cross  by  the 
vows  of  my  profession;  I  renew  them  in  this  divine 
Heart  in  presence  of  heaven  and  earth ;  and  I  return  Thee 
thanks  for  having  inspired  me  to  make  them. 

,  I  own  that  the  yoke  of  Thy  holy  service  is  neither  hard 
nor  heavy;  I  do  not  find  myself  embarrassed  with  my 
chains;  on  the  contrary,  I  would  wish  to  multiply  them, 
or  rivet  them  yet  closer  upon  me. 

I  embrace,  then,  the  dear  cross  of  my  vocation,  even 
to  my  death;  it  shall  be  all  my  pleasure,  all  my  glory, 
and  aft  my  delight. 

God  forbid  that  I  should  glory,  that  I  should  ever 
rejoice,  save  in  the  cross  of  Jesus  Christ. 

God  iorbid  that  I  should  ever  have  any  other  treasure 
than  His  poverty,  any  other  delight  than  His  sufferings, 
any  other  love  than  Himself. 

No,  no,  my  amiable  Lord,  never  will  I  separate  myself 
from  Thee;  and  I  will  attach  myself  to  none  but  Thee; 
the  narrowest  paths  of  the  life  of  perfection  to  which  I 
am  called  give  me  no  alarm,  because  Thou  art  my  light 
and  my  strength. 

I  hope,  then,  O  Lord,  that  Thou  wilt  render  me  stead 
fast  under  all  temptations,  victorious  against  the  efforts 
of  my  enemies,  and  that  Thou  wilt  stretch  out  over  me 
that  beneficent  hand,  which  has  bestowed  upon  me  so 
many  favors,  and  make  me  ever  more  and  more  liberal 
toward  Thee. 

I  entreat  this  of  Thee,  O  my  adorable  Jesus,  by  Thy 
blood,  by  all  Thy  wounds,  and  by  Thy  Sacred  Heart. 

Grant  that  by  the  consecration  which  I  make  to  Thee 
of  all  that  I  am,  I  may  become  this  day  entirely  renewed 
in  Thy  love.  Amen. 


152  Evening  Prayers. 

B  Sbort  fform  of  Bvening 
^N  the  name  of  the  Father,  »J*  and  of  the  Son,  and  of 
•-J-.     the  Holy  Ghost.     Amen. 

Come,  Holy  Ghost,  fill  the  hearts  of  Thy  faithful,  and 
kindle  in  them  the  fire  of  Thy  love. 

Pater  Noster,  Ave  Maria,  Credo. 

I  ADORE  Thee,  O  my  God,  and  return  Thee  thanks 
for  all  the  benefits  which  I  have  ever  received  from 
Thee,  and  particularly  this  day.  Give  me  light  to  see 
what  sins  I  have  committed  during  the  past  day,  and 
grant  me  grace  to  be  truly  sorry  for  them. 

(Here  examine  your  conscience.) 

Offences  against  God  ;  against  your  neighbor;  against  yourselj, 

Where  have  you  been?     With  whom  have  you  been? 

Commandments  of  God;  poverty,  chastity,  obedience;  the 
Holy  Rule;  the  predominant  passion;  resolutions;  prayers,  works, 
and  sufferings.  Does  your  conscience  reproach  you  with  regard 
to  any  of  these  points? 

OMY  God,  forgive  me  my  offences;  I  am  truly 
sorry  for  having  sinned,  because  Thou  art  infi 
nitely  good,  and  sin  displeases  Thee.  I  purpose,  with 
the  help  of  Thy  grace,  never  to  sin  again.  I  love  Thee 
above  all  things,  and  with  my  whole  heart,  because 
Thou  art  infinitely  amiable  and  worthy  of  all  love. 

I  beseech  Thee,  Lord,  to  preserve  me  this  night,  and 
to  keep  me  from  all  sin.  I  take  this  sleep  to  please  Thee, 
and  I  have  the  intention  to  love  Thee,  praise  Thee,  and 
thank  Thee  with  every  breath  I  draw,  in  union  with  the 
angels  and  saints  in  heaven. 

OMOST  amiable  Heart  of  Jesus!  let  me,  my  relatives, 
and  friends,  and  all  that  have  commended  them- 
selves  to  my  prayer,  and  for  whom  I  am  bound  to  pray, 
especially  our  reverend  Mother,  experience  Thy  most 
powerful  aid.  Assist  them  individually  in  their  necessi 
ties.  O  Heart  full  of  mercies!  convert  all  hardened 
hearts,  console  the  souls  in  purgatory,  be  the  refuge  of 


Evening  Prayers.  153, 

the  dying,  the  consolation  of  all  distressed  and  suffering. 
Above  all,  be  the  refuge  of  ray  soul  at  the  hour  of  death, 
and  receive  it  into  the  bosom  of  Thy  mercy. 

In  it  I  sleep  securely  and  rest  in  peace. 

Our  Father,  Hail  Mary,  Glory  be  to  the  Father,  etc. 

AY  the  Heart  of  Jesus  in  the  Most  Blessed  Sacra- 
ment  be  praised,  adored,  and  loved  with  grateful 
affection,  at  every  moment,  in  all  the  tabernacles  of  the 
world,  even  to  the  end  of  time.  Mary,  my  dear  Mother, 
bless  me,  and  keep  me  under  thy  protecting  mantle.  St. 
Joseph,  my  good  angel,  and  my  dear  patron  saints,  pray 
for  me. 

AY  Our  Lord  bless  us,  and  preserve  us  from  all 
evil,  and  bring  us  to  life  everlasting.  And  may 
the  souls  of  the  faithful  departed,  through  the  mercy  of 
God,  rest  in  peace.  Amen. 

A  PRAYER  FOR  A  HAPPY  DEATH. 

In  Connection  with  the  Seven  Last  Words  of  Our  Lord 

on  the  Cross. 

IVINE  Jesus!  Incarnate  Word  of  God!  Who 
having  taken  flesh  for  my  salvation,  didst  vouch 
safe  to  be  born  in  a  stable,  to  lead  a  life  of  poverty,  toil, 
and  love,  and  finally  to  expire  in  agony  on  the  cross: 
Say,  I  beseech  Thee,  to  Thy  eternal  Father  at  the  moment 
of  my  death:  "  Father,  forgive  her; "  say  to  Thy  blessed 
Mother:  "  Behold  thy  child;"  say  to  my  soul:  "  To-day 
shalt  thou  be  with  Me  in  paradise." 

My  God,  my  God,  forsake  me  not  in  that  hour!  "I 
thirst!"  Yea,  my  soul  thirsts,  O  my  God,  after  Thee; 
Thou  art  the  Fountain  of  living  waters. 

My  life  is  passing  away  as  a  tale  that  is  told;  yet  a 
little  while,  and  all  will  be  "  consummated ;"  therefore 
my  adorable  Saviour,  even  from  this  moment,  for  all 
eternity:  "Into  Thy  hands  I  commend  my  spirit."  My 
Jesus,  mercy! 


154  Evening  Prayers. 

/ 

IRlgbt  Offering  to  tbe  JBIesscD  Sacrament. 

DIVINE  Jesus!  lonely  to-night  in  so  many  taber- 
nacles,  without  visitor  or  worshipper,  I  offer  Thee 
my  poor,  but  loving  heart.  May  every  pulsation  be  a 
prayer  of  love  to  Thee.  Thou  art  ever  watching  under 
the  sacramental  veils;  in  Thy  love  Thou  never  sleepest, 
and  Thou  art  never  weary  of  Thy  vigil  for  sinners.  O 
good  Jesus,  I  love  Thee.  Thou  art  infinitely  good, 
and  I  have  displeased  Thee  by  many  sins.  Forgive 
me  —  I  am  truly  sorry  for  having  offended  Thee.  O 
sweet  Jesus'.  O  lonely  Jesus!  may  my  heart  be  a  lamp, 
the  light  of  which  shall  burn  henceforth  for  Thee  alone. 
Bless  me,  Jesus.  Come,  and  refresh  me  spiritually  by 
Thy  presence,  before  I  take  my  repose.  Let  me  never 
more  be  separated  from  Thee  by  sin.  Adorable  Heart 
of  Jesus,  burning  furnace  of  divine  love!  within  Thy 
sacred  wound  take  Thou  my  soul,  in  order  that  my 
heart  may  be  inflamed  with  the  love  of  Thee. 

O  Prisoner  of  love!  divine  Jesus!  chain  my  poor  heart 

to  the  foot  of  Thy  altar.     Dearest  Jesus,  Thou  hast 

made  my  heart  for  Thyself  alone,  and  it  will  not  find 

rest,  except  in  Thee  ;  hide  it  within  Thy  divine  Heart  in 

the  tabernacle.     When  shall  I  see  Thee  face  to  face,  and 

rest  for  ever  in  Thy  bosom  ?     Good  Lord,  my  heart  is 

weary;  suffer  me  to  enter  and  repose  in  Thy  Sacred  Heart. 

O  Sacrament  most  holy,  O  Sacrament  divine, 

All   praise   and   all   thanksgiving   be   every   moment 

Thine! 


E  me,  Jesus,  wholly  Thine; 
Take  this  wayward  heart  of  mine; 
Guide  me  through  this  world  so  drear  — 
Heart  of  Jesus,  hear! 

When  I  draw  my  parting  breath, 
When  my  eyes  shall  close  in  death, 
Then,  sweet  Jesus,  be  Thou  near  — 
Heart  of  Jesus,  hear! 


Evening  Prayers. 


'55 


lDe0per=5ong  of  ©ur 

(Luke  I.) 


THE   MAGNIFICAT. 


kAGNIFICAT:      anima 

mea  Dominum. 
Ft    exultavit    spiritus    me- 
us:   in  Deo  salutari  meo. 

Quia  respexit  humilita- 
tem  ancillae  sute:  ecce  enim 
ex  hoc  beatam  me  dicent 
omnes  generationes. 

Quia  fecit  mihi  magna  qui 
potens  est:  et  sanctum  no- 
men  ejus. 

Et  misericordia  ejus  a  pro- 
genie  in  progenies:  timenti- 
bus  eum. 

Fecit  potentiam  in  brachio 
suo:  dispersit  superbos  mente 
cordis  sui. 

Deposuit  potentes  de  sede: 
et  exaltavit  humiles. 

Esurientes  implevit  bonis 
et  divites  dimisit  inanes. 

Suscepit  Israel  puerum 
suum:  recordatus  misericor- 
diae  suas. 

Sicut  locutus  est  ad  patres 
nostros:  Abraham,  et  semini 
ejus  in  saecula. 

Gloria,  etc. 

Oremus. 

aONCEDE   nos  famuios 
tuos,    quaesumus   Do- 
mine  Deus,  perpetua  mentis  et 


soul    doth    magnify 
the  Lord. 

And  my  spirit  hath  rejoiced: 
in  God  my  Saviour. 

Because  He  hath  regarded 
the  humility  of  His  hand 
maid:  for  behold  from  hence 
forth  all  generations  shall  call 
me  blessed. 

Because  He  that  is  mighty 
hath  done  great  things  unto 
me;  and  holy  is  His  name. 

And  His  mercy  is  from 
generation  to  generation:  unto 
them  that  fear  Him. 

He  hath  showed  might 
with  His  arm:  He  hath  scat 
tered  the  proud  in  the  con 
ceit  of  their  heart. 

He  hath  put  down  the 
mighty  from  their  seat,  and 
hath  exalted  the  humble. 

He  hath  filled  the  hungry 
with   good   things:     and   th 
rich  he  hath  sent  empty  away. 

He   hath   helped   His   ser 
vant  Israel:   being  mindful  of 
His  mercy. 

As  He  spoke  to  OUT 
fathers:  to  Abraham  and  his 
seed  for  ever. 

Glory,  etc. 

Let  us  pray. 

RANT,  we  beseech  Thee. 
O  Lord  God,  that  we, 
Thy  servants,  may  enjoy  per- 


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Evening  Prayers. 


jorporis  sanitate  gaudere;  et 
gloriosa  beatae  Mariae  sem 
per  Virginis  intercessione,  a 
praesenti  liberari  tristitia,  et 
aiterna  perfrui  Isetitia.  Per 
Dorninum  nostrum,  etc. 

R.  Amen. 

Or  the 
Oremus. 

U  S  ,  qui  de  beatae 
Marise  Virginis  utero, 
Verbum  tuum,  angelo  nunti- 
ante,  carnem  suscipere  volu- 
isti;  praesta  supplicibus  tuis, 
ut  qui  vere  earn  Genitricem 
Dei  credimus,  ejus  apud  te 
intercessionibus  adjuvemur. 
Per  eumdem  Dominum  no 
strum. 


R.  Amen. 


petual  health,  both  of  mind 
and  body:  and  by  the  glori 
ous  intercession  of  blessed 
Mary  ever  Virgin,  may  be 
delivered  from  present  sor 
row,  and  attain  unto  eternal 
joy.  Through  Our  Lord,  etc. 

R.  Amen, 
following: 

Let  us  pray. 

OGOD,  Who  wast  pleased 
that  Thy  Word,  at  the 
message  of  an  angel,  should 
take  flesh  in  the  womb  of  the 
blessed  Virgin  Mary;  grant 
to  Thy  humble  servants,  that 
we,  who  believe  her  to  be 
truly  the  Mother  of  God,  may 
be  assisted  by  her  interces 
sions  with  Thee.  Through 
the  same  Christ  our  Lord. 
R.  Amen. 


DE    PROFUNDIS. 


For  the  Holy  Souls  in  Purgatory. 


VT~\E  profundis  clamavi  ad 

«-•— '  te,  Domine:  Domine, 
exaudi  vocem  meam. 

Fiant  aures  tuae  inten- 
dentes,  in  vocem  depreca- 
tionis  meae. 

Si  iniquitates  observaveris, 
Domine:  Domine,  quis  sus- 
tinebit  ? 

Quia  apud  te  propitiatio 
est:  et  propter  legem  tuam 
sustinui  te,  Domine. 

Sustinuit  anima  mea  in 
verbo  ejus:  speravit  anima 
mea  in  Domino. 


OUT  of  the  depths  I 
have  cried  to  Thee,  O 
Lord!  Lord,  hear  my  voice. 

Let  Thine  ears  be  atten 
tive  to  the  voice  of  my  sup 
plication. 

If  Thou,  O  Lord,  shalt 
mark  our  iniquities:  O  Lord, 
who  shall  stand  it? 

For  with  Thee  there  is 
merciful  forgiveness:  and  by 
reason  of  Thy  law  I  have 
waited  for  Thee,  O  Lord. 

My  soul  hath  relied  on  His 
word :  my  soul  hath  hoped  in 
the  Lord. 


Evening  Prayers.  157 

A  custodia  matutina  usque  From  the  morning  watch 

ad  noctem,  speret  Israel  in  even  unto  night,  let  Israel 

Domino.  hope  in  the  Lord. 

Quia  apud  Dominum  mi-  Because  with  the  Lord 

sericordia,  et  copiosa  apud  there  is  mercy:  and  with  Him 

eum  redemptio.  plenteous  redemption. 

Et  ipse  redimet  Israel  ex  And  He  shall  redeem  Israel 

omnibus  iniquitatibus  ejus.  from  all  his  iniquities. 

Or  Pater  Noster,  Ave  Maria,  and 
V.  Requiem  aeternam  dona  eis,  Domine; 
R.  Et  lux  perpetua  luceat  eis. 

Indulgence  of  100  days  to  all  the  faithful  who,  at  the  sound  of 
the  bell,  at  the  first  hour  after  nightfall,  shall  say  devoutly  on  their 
knees  the*  psalm  De  profundis,  or  the  Our  Father,  the  Hail  Mary, 
B.nd  the  Requiem  aeternam. 

Plenary  indulgence,  once  a  year,  on  usual  conditions. — Clement 
XII.,  Aug.  n,  1736.  Pius  VI.,  March  18,  1781,  granted  these 
indulgences  to  all  the  faithful  who  may  happen  to  dwell  in  a  place 
where  no  bell  for  the  dead  is  sounded,  provided  they  shall  say 
the  De  profundis,  or  the  Our  Father,  and  the  Hail  Mary,  etc., 
about  nightfall.  Pius  IX.,  July  18,  1877,  declared  that  these  indul 
gences  can  be  gained  on  the  recital  as  above  of  the  De  profundis, 
or  the  Our  Father,  etc.,  before  or  after  nightfall,  provided  that  the 
bell  is  sounded  at  such  hour,  according  to  the  custom  of  the  church 
or  place.  Leo  XIII.,  Feb.  3,  1888,  granted  indulgence  of  50  days 
three  times  a  day. 

Compline.* 

The  Reader  begins. 

V.  Jube,  domine,  benedi-  V.  Pray,  give  the  blessing, 
cere. 

The  Blessing  (by  the  Superior.} 

OCTEM     quietam,    et  /T)AV  the   Lord   almighty 

finem   perfectum  con-  S*-£     grant  us  a  quiet  night, 

cedat  nobis  Dominus  omnipo-  and  a  perfect  end. 
tens. 

B-  Amen.  R.  Amen. 

*  Compline  is  the  last  office  of  the  Church,  and  is  proper  to  the 
end  <>f  the  evening  before  going  to  bed,  reckoned  to  be  about  9  p.m. 
Bu*  it  may  be  said  any  time  before  midnight. 


'58 


Evening  Prayers, 


Short  Lesson,     (i  Pet.  V.  8.) 


*T-TRATRES.  sobriie  stote, 
r-t-l  et  vigilate:  quia  adver- 
sarius  vester  diabolus  tam- 
qua  leo  rugiens  circuit, 
quasi  ens  quern  devoret:  cui 
resistite  fortes  in  fide.  Tu 
autem,  Domine,  miserere  no- 
bis. 

R.  Deo  gratias. 

V.  Adjutorium  nostrum  in 
nomine  Domini. 

R.  Qui  fecit  caslum  et  ter- 
ram. 

Pater  noster.  (Dicitur  to- 
tum  secrete.) 


BRETHREN,  be  sober, 
and  watch,  because 
your  adversary  the  devil,  as  a 
roaring  lion,  goeth  about  seek 
ing  whom  he  may  devour; 
whom  resist  ye,  strong  in  faith. 
But  do  Thou,  O  Lord,  have 
mercy  on  us. 

R.  Thanks  be  to  God. 

F.  Our  help  is  in  the  name 
of  the  Lord. 

R.  Who  made  heaven  and 
earth. 

Our  Father,  etc.  *  (All  in 
secret.) 


The  Priest  then  says  the  Confiteor. 
The  Choir  answers: 

JSEREATUR  tui  omni-  /T\AY  almighty  God  have 

potens  Deus,  et  dimis-  A^»    mercy  upon  thee,  for- 

sis  peccatis  tuis,  perducat  te  give  thee  thy  sins,  and  bring 

ad  vitam  aeternam.  thee  to  life  everlasting. 

R.  Amen.  R.  Amen. 

Then  the  Chair  repeats  the  Confession: 


OONFITEOR  Deo  om- 
n  i  p  o  t  e  n  t  i ,  beatae 
Mariae  semper  Virgini, 
beato  Michaeli  Archangelo, 
beato  Joanni  Baptists,  sanc- 
tis  Apostolis  Petro  et  Paulo, 
omnibus  Sanctis,  et  tibi,  pater: 
quia  peccavi  nimis  cogita- 
tione,  verbo,  et  opere:  mea 
culpa,  mea  culpa,  mea  maxi 
ma  culpa.  Ideo  precor  bea- 
tam  Mariam  semper  Vir- 
ginem,  beatum  Michaelem 
Archangelum,  beatum  Joan- 


I  CONFESS  to  almighty 
God,  to  blessed  Mary 
ever  Virgin,  to  blessed  Mi 
chael  the  archangel,  to  blessed 
John  the  Baptist,  to  the  holy 
apostles  Peter  and  Paul,  to 
all  the  saints,  and  to  you, 
Father:  that  I  have  sinned 
exceedingly  in  thought,  word, 
and  deed:  through  my  fault, 
through  my  fault,  through 
my  most  grievous  fault. 
Therefore  I  beseech  tht 
b]essed  Mary  ever  Virgin, 


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159 


nem  Baptistam,  sanctos  Apo-  blessed  Michael  the  arch- 
stolos  Petrum  et  Paulum,  angel,  blessed  John  the  Bap- 
omnes  Sanctos,  et  te,  pater,  tist,  the  holy  apostles  Peter 
orare  pro  me  ad  Dominum  and  Paul,  all  the  saints,  and 
Deum  nostrum.  you,  Father,  to  pray  to  the 

Lord  our  God  for  me. 

The  Priest  says: 


ISEREATUR  vestri 
omnipotens  Deus,  et 
dimissis  peccatis  vestris,  per- 
ducat  vos  ad  vitam  aeter- 
nam. 
.  R.  Amen. 

Indulgentiam,  absolutio- 
nem,  et  remissionem  pecca- 
torum  nostrorum  tribuat  no- 
bis  omnipotens  et  miseri- 
cors  Dominus. 

R.  Amen. 


AY  almighty  God  have 
mercy  upon  you,  for 
give  you  your  sins,  and  bring 
you  to  life  everlasting. 

R.  Amen. 

May  the  almighty  and 
merciful  Lord  grant  us  pardon, 
absolution,  and  remission  of 
our  sins. 


R.  Amen. 


Then  is  said: 


Deus 


V.  Converte    nos, 
salutaris  noster. 

R.  Et  averte  iram  tuam 
a  nobis. 

V.  Deus,  in  adjutorium 
meum  intende. 

R.  Domine,  ad  adjuvan- 
dum  me  festina. 

Gloria  Patri,  et  Filio,  et 
Spiritui  Sancto. 

Sicut  erat  in  principio,  et 
nunc,  et  semper,  et  in  saecula 
saeculorum.  Amen. 

Alleluia,  vel  Laus  tibi, 
Domine,  Rex  aeternse  gloriae. 

Ant.  Miserere. 

In  Paschal  time 


V.  Convert  us,  O  God  our 
Saviour. 

R.  And  turn  away  Thy 
anger  from  us. 

V.  O  God,  come  to  my 
assistance. 

R.  O  Lord,  make  haste  to 
help  me. 

Glory  be  to  the  Father,  and 
to  the  Son,  and  to  the  Holy 
Ghost. 

As  it  was  in  the  beginning, 
is  now,  and  ever  shall  be, 
world  without  end.  Amen. 

Alleluia,  or,  Praise  be  to 
Thee,  O  Lord,  King  of  ever 
lasting  glory. 

Ant.  Have  mercy. 

Ant.  Alleluia. 


i6o 


Evening  Prayers. 


Psalm  IV.  Cum  Invocarem. 


OUM   invocarem   exaudi- 
vit   me   Deus  justitiai 
meae:   in  tribulatione  dilatasti 
mihi. 

Miserere  mei:  et  exaudi 
orationem  meam. 

Filii  hominum  usquequo 
gravi  corde:  ut  quid  diligitis 
vanitatem,  et  quaeritis  men- 
dacium  ? 

Et  scitote  quoniam  mirifi- 
cavit  Dominus  sanctum  suum : 
Dominus  exaudiet  me  cum 
clamavero  ad  eum. 

Irascimini,  et  nolite  pec- 
care:  quae  dicitis  in  cordibus 
vestris,  in  cubilibus  vestris 
compungimini. 

Sacrificate  sacrificium  jus- 
titiae  et  sperate  in  Domino: 
multi  dicunt:  Quis  ostendit 
nobis  bona? 

Signatum  est  super  nos  lu- 
nen  vultus  tui,  Domine:  de- 
iisti  laetitiam  in  corde  meo. 

A  fructu  frumenti,  vini,  et 
olei  sui:  multiplicati  sunt. 

In  pace  in  idipsum:  dor- 
miam  et  requiescam. 

Quoniam  tu,  Domine,  sin- 
gulariter  in  spe:  constituisti 
me. 

Gloria  Patri,  etc. 


jTjTT'HEN  I  called  upon 
vS£A»  Him,  the  God  of  my 
justice  heard  me:  when  I  was 
in  distress,  Thou  hast  enlarged 
me. 

Have  mercy  on  me:  ard 
hear  my  prayer. 

O  ye  sons  of  men,  how  long 
will  you  be  dull  of  heart:  why 
do  you  love  vanity,  and  seek 
after  lying? 

Know  ye  also  that  the 
Lord  hath  made  His  holy  One 
wonderful:  the  Lord  will 
hear  me  when  I  shall  cry  unto 
Him. 

Be  ye  angry  and  sin  not: 
the  things  you  say  in  your 
hearts,  be  sorry  for  them  upon 
your  beds. 

Offer  up  the  sacrifice  of 
justice,  and  trust  in  the  Lord: 
many  say,  Who  showeth  us 
good  things? 

The  light  of  Thy  counte 
nance,  O  Lord,  is  signed  upon 
us:  Thou  hast  given  glad 
ness  in  my  heart. 

By  the  fruit  of  their  corn, 
their  wine  and  oil:  they  are 
multiplied. 

In  peace  in  the  self  same: 
I  will  sleep  and  I  will  rest. 

For  Thou,  O  Lord,  singu 
larly:  hast  settled  me  in  hope. 

Glory  be  to  the  Father,  etc. 


Evening  Prayers. 


161 


Psalm  XXX.     In  Te,  Domine,  Speravi. 


IN    te,    Domine,   speravi, 
non  confundar  in  aeter- 
num:    in  justitia   tua    libera 
me. 

Inclina  ad  me  aurem  tuam: 
accelera,  ut  eruas  me. 

Esto  mihi  in  Deum  pro- 
tectorem,  et  in  domum  re- 
fugii:  ut  salvum  me  facias. 

Quoniam  fortitude  mea, 
et  refugium  meum  es  tu:  et 
propter  nomen  tuum  de 
duces  me,  et  enutries  me. 

Educes  me  de  laqueo  hoc, 
quern  absconderunt  mihi : 
quoniam  tu  es  protector 
meus. 

In  manus  tuas  commendo 
spiritum  meum :  redemisti 
me,  Domine,  Deus  veritatis. 

Gloria  Patri,  etc. 


N  Thee,  O  Lord,  have  I 

^  hoped,  let  me  never  be 
confounded:  deliver  me  in 
Thy  justice. 

Bow  down  Thy  ear  to  me: 
make  haste  to  deliver  me. 

Be  Thou  unto  me  a  God, 
a  protector,  and  a  house  of 
refuge:  to  save  me. 

For  Thou  art  my  strength 
and  my  refuge:  and  for  Thy 
name's  sake,  Thou  wilt  lead 
me  and  nourish  me. 

Thou  wilt  bring  me  out  of 
this  snare,  which  they  have 
hidden  for  me:  for  Thou  art 
my  protector. 

Into  Thy  hands  I  commend 
my  spirit:  Thou  hast  re 
deemed  me,  O  Lord,  the  God 
of  truth. 

Glory  be  to  the  Father,  etc. 


Psalm  XC.        Qui  Habitat. 


QUI  habitat  in  adjutorio 
altissimi:     in    protec- 
tione  Dei  caeli  commorabitur. 

Dicet  Domino,  susceptor 
meus  es  tu,  et  refugium  meum : 
Deus  meus,  sperabo  in  eum. 

Quoniam  ipse  liberavit  me 
de  laqueo  venantium:  et  a 
verbo  aspero. 

Scapulis  suis  obumbrabit 
tibi:  et  sub  pennis  ejus  spe- 
rabis. 


E  that  dwelleth  in  the 
aid  of  the  Most  High: 
shall  abide  under  the  protec 
tion  of  the  God  of  heaven. 

He  shall  say  to  the  Lord, 
Thou  art  my  protector,  and 
my  refuge:  my  God,  in  Him 
Wll  I  trust. 

For  He  hath  delivered  me 
from  the  snare  of  the  hunters- 
and  from  the  sharp  word. 

He  will  overshadow  thee 
with  His  shoulders:  and 
under  His  wings  thou  shalt 
trust. 


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Evening  Prayers. 


Scuto  circumdabit  te  veri- 
tas  ejus:  non  timebis  a  ti- 
more  nocturne. 

A  sagitta  volante  in  die,  a 
negotio  perambulante  in  tene- 
bris:  ab  incursu  et  dscmonio 
meridiano. 

Cadent  a  latere  tuo  mille, 
et  decem  millia  a  dextris  tuis: 
ad  te  autem  non  appro  pin - 
quabit. 

Verumtamen  oculis  tuis 
considerabis:  et  retributio- 
nem  peccatorum  videbis. 

Quoniam  tu  es,  Domine, 
spes  mea:  altissimum  posuisti 
refugium  tuum. 

Non  accedet  ad  te  malum: 
et  flagellum  non  appropin- 
quabit  tabernaculo  tuo. 

Quoniam  angelis  suis  man- 
davit  de  te:  ut  custodiant  te 
in  omnibus  viis  tuis. 

In  manibus  portabunt  te- 
ne  forte  offendas  ad  lapidem 
pedem  tuum. 

Super  aspidem  et  basilis- 
cum  ambulabis:  et  concul- 
cabis  leonem  et.  draconem. 

Quoniam  in  me  speravit 
liberabo  eum:  protegam  eum 
quoniam  cognovit  nomen  me- 
um. 

Clamabit  ad  me,  et  ego  ex- 
audiam  eum:  cum  ipso  sum 
in  tribulatione;  eripiam  eum, 
*t  glorificabo  eum. 

Longitudine     dierum     re- 


His  truth  shall  compass 
thee  with  a  shield:  thou  shalt 
not  be  afraid  of  the  terror  of 
the  night. 

Of  the  arrow  that  flieth  in 
the  day,  of  the  business  that 
walketh  about  in  the  dark: 
of  invasion,  or  of  the  noon 
day  devil. 

A  thousand  shall  fall  at  thy 
side,  and  ten  thousand  at  thy 
right  hand:  but  it  shall  not 
come  nigh  thee. 

But  thou  shalt  consider 
with  thy  eyes:  and  shalt  see 
the  reward  of  the  wicked. 

Because  Thou,  O  Lord, 
art  my  hope:  thou  hast  made 
the  Most  High  thy  refuge. 

There  shall  no  evil  come  to 
thee:  nor  shall  the  scourge 
come  near  thy  dwelling. 

For  He  hath  given  His 
angels  charge  over  thee:  to 
keep  thee  in  all  thy  ways. 

In  their  hands  they  shall 
bear  thee  up:  lest  thou  dash 
thy  foot  against  a  stone. 

Thou  shalt  walk  upon  the 
asp  and  the  basilisk:  and 
thou  shalt  trample  under 
foot  the  lion  and  the  dragon. 
Because  he  hath  hoped  in 
Me,  I  will  deliver  him:  I  will 
protect  him,  because  he  hath 
known  My  name. 

He  shall  cry  to  Me,  and  I 

will  hear  him:  I  am  with  him 

in  his  trouble:    I  will  deliver 

him,  and  I  will  glorify  him. 

I  will  fill  him  with  length 


Evening  Prayers. 


163 


nunc,     benedicite 
Dominum:  omnes  servi 
Domini. 

Qui  statis  in  domo  Domini: 
in  atriis  domus  Dei  nostri. 


plebo  eum:    et  ostendam  illi    of  days:   and  I  will  show  him 
salutare  meum.  My  salvation. 

Gloria  Patri,  etc.  Glory  be  to  the  Father,  etc. 

Psalm  CXXXIII.    Ecce  Nunc. 

BEHOLD  now,  bless  ye 
the  Lord:  all  ye  ser 
vants  of  the  Lord. 

Who  stand  in  the  house  of 
the  Lord  in  the  courts  of  the 
house  of  Our  God. 

In  the  nights  lift  up  your 
hands  to  the  holy  places:  and 
bless  ye  the  Lord. 

May  the  Lord  out  of  Sion 
bless  thee:  He  that  made 
heaven  and  earth. 

Glory  be  to  the  Father,  etc. 

Ant.  Have  mercy  on  me, 
O  Lord,  and  hear  my  prayer. 


In  noctibus  extollite  manus 
vestras  in  sancta:  et  bene- 
dicite  Dominum. 

Benedicat  te  Dominus  ex 
Sion:  qui  fecit  cselum  et  ter- 
ram. 

Gloria  Patri,  etc. 

Ant.  Miserere  mihi,  Do- 
mine,  et  exaudi  orationem 
meam. 

Hymn. 
lucis  ante  terminum, 


Rerum  Creator  poscimus; 
Ut  pro  tua  dementia, 
Sis  prassul  et  custodia. 

Procul  recedant  somnia, 
Et  noctium  phantasmata; 

Hostemque    nostrum     corn- 
prime, 
Ne  poluantur  corpora. 

Praesta,  Pater  piissime, 
Patrique  compar,  Unice, 


*~T*\ 
4-6 


OW  with  the  fast-depart  - 

ing  light, 
Maker  of  all!    we  ask  of 

Thee, 
Of  Thy  great  mercy,  through 

the  night 
Our  guardian  and  defence 

to  be. 

Far  off  let  idle  visions  fly; 
No  phantom  of  the  night 

molest; 
Curb  Thou  our  raging    en 

emy, 
That  we  in  chaste  repose 

may  rest. 
Father  of  mercies,  hear  our 

cry> 

Hear  us,   O   sole-begotten 
SOP.; 


Evening  Prayers. 


Cum  Spiritu  Paraclito 
Regnans  per  omne  saeculum. 

Little  Chapter. 
autem    in    nobis    es, 
Domine,      et     nomen 
sanctum  tuum  invocatum  est 
super  nos,  ne  derelinquas  nos, 
Domine  Deus  noster. 
R.  Deo  gratias. 

Resp.  brev. 

In  manus  tuas,  Domine, 
commendo  spiritum  meum. 

Chor.  In  manus  tuas, 
Domine,  commendo  spiritum 
meum. 

V.  Redemisti  nos,  Domine, 
Deus  veritatis. 

Chor-  Commendo  spiritum 
meum. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  et  Filio,  et 
Spiritui  Sancto. 

Chor.  In  manus  tuas,  Do 
mine,  commendo  spiritum 
•neum. 

V.  Custodi  nos,  Domine, 
it  pupillam  oculi. 

R.  Sub  umbra  alarum  tua- 
rum  protege  nos. 


Who,   with   the   Holy   Ghost 

most  high, 

Reignest  while  endless  age- 
run. 

(Jer.  XIV.} 

JgJHOU,  O  Lord,  art 
VJ  among  us,  and  Thy 
holy  name  is  invoked  upon 
us;  forsake  us  not,  O  Lord 
our  God. 
R.  Thanks  be  to  God. 

Short  Responsory. 

Into  Thy  hands,  O  Lord,  I 
commend  my  spirit. 

Choir.  Into  Thy  hands,  O 
Lord,  I  commend  my  spirit. 

V.  Thou  hast  redeemed  us, 
O  Lord,  the  God  of  truth. 

Choir.  I  commend  my 
spirit. 

V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 
and  to  the  Son,  and  to  the 
Holy  Ghost. 

Choir.  Into  Thy  hands,  O 
Lord,  I  commend  my  spirit. 


V.  Keep  us,  O  Lord,  as 
the  apple  of  Thy  eye. 

R.  Protect  us  under  the 
shadow  of  Thy  wings. 

In  Paschal  time,  the  above  is  said  thus: 

In  manus  tuas,  Domine.  commendo  spiritum  meum.  Al 
leluia,  alleluia. 

Chor.  In  manus  tuas,  Domine,  commendo  spiritum  meum 
Alleluia,  alleluia. 

V.  Redemisti  nos,  Domine,  Deus  veritatis. 

Chor.  Alleluia,  alleluia. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  et  Filio,  et  Spiritui  Sancto. 


Evening  Prayers, 


Chor.  In  manus  tuas,  Domine,  commendo  spiritum  meum 
Alleluia,  alleluia. 

V.  Custodi  nos,  Domine,  ut  pupillam  oculi.     Alleluia. 
R.  Sub  umbra  alarum  tuarum  protege  nos.     Alleluia. 

The  Nunc  DimiUis,  or  Canticle  of  Simeon. 

Ant.   ^ALVA  nos. 

,^5  Nunc  dimittis 
servum  tuum,  Domine:  se- 
cundum  verbum  tuum,  in 
pace. 

Quia  viderunt  oculi  mei 
salutare  tuum. 

Quod  parasti  ante  faciem 
omnium  populorum. 

Lumen  ad  revelationem 
gentium,  et  gloriam  plebis 
tuae  Israel. 

Gloria  Patri,  etc. 

Ant.  Salva  nos,  Domine, 
vigilantes,  custodi  nos  dor- 
mientes:  ut  vigilemus  cum 
Christo,  et  requiescamus  in 
pace.  (Tempore  Paschali,  Al 
leluia.) 


Ant.  ^TAVE  us. 

.S-2  Now  Thou  dost 
dismiss  Thy  servant,  O  Lord: 
according  to  Thy  word,  in 
peace. 

Because  my  eyes  have  seen: 
Thy  salvation. 

Which  Thou  hast  prepared 
before  the  face  of  all  peoples. 

A  light  to  the  revelation  of 
the  Gentiles,  and  the  glory  of 
Thy  people  Israel. 

Glory  be  to  the  Father,  etc. 

Ant.  Save  us,  O  Lord, 
when  we  are  awake,  and  keep 
us  while  we  sleep;  that  we 
may  watch  with  Christ,  and 
rest  in  peace.  (In  Paschal 
time,  Alleluia.) 


The  following  Prayers  are  omitted  on  Doubles,  and  within 
Octaves: 

Kyrie  eleison. 
Christe  eleison. 
Kyrie  eleison. 
Pater  noster.     (Secreto.) 
V.  Et   ne   nos   inducas  in 
tentationem. 

7?.  Sed  libera  nos  a  raalo. 
Credo  in  Deum.     (Secreto.) 


V.  Camis   resurrectionem. 
R.  Vitam  seternam.  Amen. 


Lord,  have  mercy. 
Christ,  have  mercy. 
Lord,  have  mercy. 
Our  Father.     (In  secret.) 

V.  And   lead   us   not   into 
temptation. 

R.  But  deliver  us  from  evil. 

I     believe     in     God.     (In 
secret.) 

V.  The  resurrection  of  the 
body. 

R.  And     life     everlasting. 
Amen. 


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Evening  Prayers. 


V.  Benedictus  es,  Domi- 
ne,  Deus,  patrum  nostrorum. 

R.  Et  laudabilis  et  glorio- 
sus  in  sascula. 

V.  Benedicamus  Patrem  et 
Filium  cum  Sancto  Spiritu. 

R.  Laudemus,  et  super- 
exaltemus  eum  in  saecula. 

V.  Benedictus  es,  Domine, 
in  firmamento  cceli. 

R.  Et  laudabilis,  et  glorio- 
sus,  et  superexaltatus  in 
saecula. 

V.  Benedicat  et  custodiat 
nos  omnipotens  et  misericors 
Dominus. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  Dignare,  Domine,  nocte 
ista. 

R.  Sine  peccato  nos  custo- 
dire 

V.  Miserere  nostris  Do 
mine. 

R.  Miserere  nostri. 

V.  Fiat  misericordia  tua 
Domine,  super  nos. 

R.  Quemadmodum  spera- 
vimus  in  te. 

V.  Domine,  exaudi  oratio- 
nem  meam. 

R.  Et  clamor  meus  ad  te 
veniat. 

V.  Dominus  vobiscum. 

R.  Et  cum  spintu  tuo. 

Oremns. 


V.  Blessed  art  Thou,  O 
Lord,  the  God  of  our  fathers. 

R.  And  worthy  to  be 
praised  and  glorious  for  ever. 

V.  Let  us  bless  the  Father 
and  the  Son  with  the  Holy 
Ghost. 

R.  Let  us  praise  and  exalt 
Him  above  all  for  ever. 

V.  Blessed  art  Thou,  O 
Lord,  in  the  firmament  of 
heaven. 

R.  And  worthy  to  be 
praised,  and  glorious,  and 
exalted  above  all  for  ever. 

V.  May  the  almighty  and 
merciful  Lord  bless  and  pre> 
serve  us. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  Vouchsafe,  O  Lord,  this 
night. 

R.  To  keep  us  without  sin. 

V.  Have  mercy  on  us,  O 
Lord. 

R.  Have  mercy  on  us. 

V.  Let  Thy  mercy,  O  Lord, 
be  upon  us. 

R.  As  we  have  hoped  in 
Thee. 

V.  O  Lord,  hear  my  prayer. 

R.  And  let  my  cry  come 
unto  Thee. 

V.  The  Lord  be  with  you. 
R.  And  with  thy  spirit. 


Let  us  pray. 

VISTA,  qucesumus,Domi-    *VT*ISIT,  we  beseech  Thee, 
ne,  habitationem    is-       V        O   Lord,  this   habita- 
tam,  et  omnes  insidias  inimici     tion,  and  drive  far  from  it  all 


Evening  Prayers. 


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ab  ea  longe  repelle:  angeli  tui 
sancti  habitant  in  ea,  qui  nos 
in  pace  custodiant:  et  bene- 
dictio  tua  sit  super  nos  sem 
per.  Per  Dominum. 

F.  Dominus  vobiscum. 

R.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo. 

F.  Benedicamus  Domino. 

R.  Deo  gratias. 


snares  of  the  enemy;  let  Thy 
holy  angels  dwell  herein,  to 
preserve  us  in  peace;  and 
may  Thy  blessing  be  always 
upon  us.  Through  Our  Lord. 

F.  The  Lord  be  with  you. 

R.  And  with  thy  spirit. 

F.  Let  us  bless  the  Lord. 

R.  Thanks  be  to  God. 


The  Blessing. 

Benedicat  et  custodial  nos  May  the  almighty  and  mer- 

omnipotens  et  misericors  Do-  ciful  Lord,  Father,  Son,  4« 

minus,  Pater,  et  Filius,  «J«  et  and  Holy  Ghost,  bless  and 

Spiritus  Sanctus.  preserve  us. 

R.  Amen.  R.  Amen. 

Then  is  said  one  of  the  Antiphons  of  the  Blessed  Virgin,  accord 
ing  to  the  season.     The  Antiphon  is  to  be  said  kneeling,  ex 
cept  in  Paschal  time,  when  it  is  to  be  said  standing. 

I. 

From  Vespers  of  Saturday  before  First  Sunday  in  Advent  to 
the  Purification,  inclusive. 

ALMA  REDEMPTORIS. 


*LMA  Redemptoris  Ma- 
ter,  quas  pervia  coeli, 

Porta  manes,  et  Stella  maris, 
succurre  cadenti, 

Surgere  qui  curat,  populo: 
tu  quae  genuisti, 

Natura  mirante,  tuum  sanc 
tum  Genitorem: 

Virgo  prius  ac  posterius,  Ga- 
brielis  ab  ore, 

Sumens  illud  Ave,  peccato- 
rum  miserere. 


OTHER  of  Christ!  hear 

thou  thy  people's  cry, 
Star  of  the  deep,  and  portal  of 

the  sky! 
Mother    of  Him    Who    thee 

from  nothing  made, 
Sinking  we  strive,  and  call  to 

thee  for  aid; 
Oh,  by  that  joy  which  Gabriel 

brought  to  thee, 
Thou  Virgin  first  and  last,  let 

us  thy  mercy  see. 


In  Advent. 
V.  Angelus    Domini    nun-         F.  The  angel  of  the  Lord 


tiavit  Mariae. 


announced  unto  Mary. 


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Evening  Prayers. 


R.  Et  concepit  de  Spiritu        R.  And   she   conceiv,  A   of 
Sancto.  the  Holy  Ghost. 


Oremus. 

|7>fRATIAM  tuam  quaesu- 
>SJ  mus,  Domine,  menti- 
bus  nostris  infunde;  ut  qui 
angelo  nuntiante,  Christi  Filii 
tui  incarnationem  cognovi- 
mus,  per  passionem  ejus  et 
crucem  ad  resurrectionis 
gloriam  perducamur.  Per 
eumdem  Christum  Dominum 
nostrum. 


R.  Amen. 


Let  us  pray. 

OUR  forth,  we  Beseech 
Thee,  O  Loid,  Thy 
grace  into  our  hearts;  that  we, 
to  whom  the  Incarnation  of 
Christ,  Thy  Son,  was  made 
known  by  the  message  of  an 
angel,  may,  by  His  Passion 
and  cross,  be  brought  to 
the  glory  of  His  Resuirection. 
Through  the  same  Christ  our 
Lord. 

R.  Amen. 


From  Christmas-day  to  the  Purification. 


V.  Post  partum  virgo  in- 
violata  permansisti. 

R.  Dei  Genitrix,  intercede 
pro  nobis. 

Oremus. 

US,  qui  salutis  seternae, 
beatae  Mariae  virgini- 
tate  frccunda,  humano  gen- 
eri  praemia  prsestitisti ;  tribue, 
quaesumus,  ut  ipsam  pro  no 
bis  intercedere  sentiamus,  per 
quam  meruimus  auctorem 
/itae  suscipere,  Dominum  nos 
trum  Jesum  Christum  Filium 
tuum.  Qui  vivit. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  Divinum  auxilium  ma- 
neat  semper  nobiscum. 
R.  Amen. 
Pater  noster.    (Secreto.) 


V.  After  child-birth  thou 
didst  remain  a  pure  virgin. 

R.  Intercede  for  us,  O 
Mother  of  God. 

Let  us  pray. 

OGOD,  Who,  by  the  fruit 
ful  virginity  of  blessed 
Mary,  hast  given  to  mankind 
the  rewards  of  eternal  salva 
tion,  grant,  we  beseech  Thee, 
that  we  may  experience  hel 
intercession  for  us,  through 
whom  we  have  deserved  to 
receive  the  Author  of  life,  Our 
Lord  Jesus  Christ,  Thy  Son. 
Who  liveth. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  May  the  divine  assist 
ance  remain  always  with  us 

R.  Amen. 

Our  Father.    (In  secret.} 


Evening  Prayers. 


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II. 


From  Compline  on  the  Feast 
Thursday 

AVE 

VE,  Regina  ccelorum! 


Ave  domina  angelorum! 
Salve  radix,  salve  porta, 
Ex  qua  mundo  Lux  est  orta. 

Gaude,  Virgo  gloriosa, 
Super  omnes  speciosa. 

Vale,  O  valde  decora! 

Et  pro  nobis  Christum  exora. 

F.  Dignare  me  laudare  te, 
Virgo  sacra ta. 

R.  Da  mihi  virtu  tern  con 
tra  hostes  tuos. 


of  the  Purification  to  Maundy 
exclusively. 

REGINA. 

'-p^  AIL,  O  Queen  of  heaven 
(JL&     enthroned! 
Hail,  by  angels  mistress  owned! 
Root  of  Jesse,  Gate  of  morn, 
Whence  the  world's  true  light 

was  born. 

Glorious  Virgin,  joy  to  thee, 
Loveliest  whom  in  heaven  they 

see. 

Fairest  thou  where  all  are  fair'. 
Plead  with  Christ  our  sins  to 

spare. 

V.  Vouchsafe  that  I  may- 
praise  thee,  O  sacred  Virgin. 

R.  Give  me  strength  against 
thine  enemies. 


Oremus. 

OONCEDE,.  misericors 
Deus,  fragilitati  no- 
stKepraesidium;  utquisanctae 
Dei  Genitricis  memoriam  agi- 
mus,  intercessionis  ejus  aux- 
ilio  a  nostiis  iniquitatibus 
resurgamus.  Per  eumdem 
Christum. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  Divinum  auxilium  ma- 
neat  semper  nobiscum- 

R.  Amen. 


Let  us  pray. 
RANT,  O  merciful  God, 
support  to  our  frailty; 
that  we  who  commemorate 
the  holy  Mother  of  God,  may, 
by  the  help  of  her  intercession, 
arise  from  our  iniquities. 
Through  the  same  Christ  our 
Lord. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  May  the  divine  assist 
ance  remain  always  with  us. 
R.  Amen. 


III. 

From  Compline  on  Holy  Saturday  till  Trinity  Eve. 

REGINA    CCELI. 

INA    cceli,    Isetare!     f^UEEN  of  heaven  rejoice, 
Alleluia.  ^<     Alleluia- 


Evening  Prayers. 


Quia  quern  meruisti   portare; 

Alleluia. 

Resurrexit  sicut  dixit;  Alleluia. 
Ora  pro  nobis  Deum ;  Alleluia . 

V.  Gaude  et  laetare,  Virgo, 
Maria:  Alleluia. 

R.  Quia  surrexit  Dominus 
vere:  Alleluia. 

Oremus. 

,  qui  per  Resurrec- 
tionem  Filii  tui  Do 
mini  nostri  Jesu  Christi  mun- 
dum  laetincare  dignatus  es; 
praesta,  quaesumus,  ut  per  ejus 
Genitricem  Virginem  Mariam 
perpetuae  capiamus  gaudia 
vitae.  Per  eumdem  Christum 
Dominum  nostrum. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  Divinum  auxilium  ma- 
neat  semper  nobiscum. 
R.  Amen. 


Because  He  Whom  thou  hast 

deserved  to  bear,  Alleluia. 
Has  risen  as  He  said;  Alleluia. 

Pray  God  for  us;  Alleluia. 

V.  Rejoice  and  be  glad,  O 
Virgin  Mary:  Alleluia. 

R.  Because  the  Lord  hath 
truly  risen:  Alleluia. 

Let  us  pray. 

OGOD,  Who,  through 
the  Resurrection  of  Thy 
Son  Jesus  Christ  our  Lord, 
hast  deigned  to  make  the 
world  rejoice,  grant,  we  be 
seech  Thee,  that  through  His 
Virgin  Mother  Mary,  we  may 
receive  the  joys  of  perpetual 
life.  Through  the  same 
Christ  our  Lord. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  May  the  divine  assist 
ance  remain  always  with  us. 

R.  Amen. 


IV. 

From  First  Vespers  oj  Trinity  Sunday  to  Advent. 


SALVE    REGINA. 


Regina,  mater 
misericordiae; 

Vita,  dulcedo,  et  spes  nostra, 
salve, 

Ad  te  clamamus,  exules 
filii  Evae; 

Ad  te  suspiramus,  gemen- 
tes  et  flentes  in  hac  lacry- 
marum  valle. 

Eia  ergo.    Advocata  nostra. 

Illos  tuos  misericordes  ocu- 
los  ad  nos-converte; 


AIL,  holy  Queen,  Moth- 
er  of  mercy; 

Our  life,  our  sweetness,  and 
our  hope, 

To  thee  do  we  cry,  poor 
banished  children  of  Eve; 

To  thee  do  we  send  up  our 
sighs,  mourning  and  weeping 
in  this  valley  of  tears. 

Turn,  then,  most  gracious 
advocate,  thine  eyes  of  mercy 
toward  us. 


Evening  Prayers. 


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Et  Jesum,  benedictum  fruc- 
tum  ventris  tui, 

Nobis  post  hoc  exilium  os- 
tende, 

O  clemens,  O  pia,  O  dulcis 
Virgo  Maria. 

F.  Ora  pro  nobis,  sancta 
Dei  Genitrix. 

R.  Ut  digni  efficiamur  pro- 
missionibus,  Christi. 

Oremus. 

OMNIPOTENS,  sempi- 
terne  Deus,  qui  glori- 
osae  Virginis  Matris  ]Mariae 
corpus  et  animam,  ut  dig- 
num  Filii  tui  habitaculum 
effici  mereretur,  Spiritu  Sanc- 
to  co-operante,  praeparasti; 
da  ut  cujus  commemoratione 
laetamur,  ejus  pia  interces- 
sione  ab  instantibus  malis  et 
a  morte  perpetua  liberemur. 
Per  eumdem  Christum  Do- 
minum  nostrum. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  Divinum  auxilium  ma- 
neat  semper  nobiscum. 
R.  Amen. 


And  after  this  our  exile 
show  unto  us 

The  blessed  fruit  of  thy 
womb,  Jesus. 

O  clement,  O  pious,  O  sweet 
Virgin  Mary. 

V.  Pray  for  us,  O  holy 
Mother  of  God. 

R.  That  we  may  be  made 
worthy  of  the  promises  of 
Christ. 

Let  us  pray. 

*LMIGHTY,  everiast- 
ing  God,  Who,  by  the 
cooperation  of  the  Holy  Ghost, 
didst  prepare  the  body  and 
soul  of  Mar)1,  glorious  Virgin 
and  Mother,  to  become  the 
worthy  habitation  of  Thy  Son; 
grant  that  we  may  be  de 
livered  from  present  evils  and 
from  everlasting  death  by 
her  gracious  intercession,  in 
whose  commemoration  we 
rejoice.  Through  the  same 
Christ  our  Lord. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  May  the  divine  assist 
ance  remain  always  with  us 

R.  Amen. 


With  regard  to  the  hymn  at  Compline,  "Te  Lucis,"  it  is  to  be 
noted  that  the  last  verse  is  sometimes  said  thus,  altered  in  honor 
of  the  Incarnation,  on  feasts  0}  Our  Lord  and  the  Blessed  Virgin. 


Jesu,  tibi  sit  gloria 

Qui  natus  es  de  Virgine, 
Cum  Patre  et  almo  Spiritu 

In  sempiterna  saecula. 
Amen. 


Jesu,  the  Virgin-born,  to  Thee 

Eternal  praise  be  given, 
With  Father,  Spirit,  One  and 

Three, 

Here,  as  it  is  in  heaven. 
Amen. 


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Evening  Prayers. 


In  Paschal  time,  in  honor  oj  the  Resurrection. 

To  God  the  Father,  with  the 

Son 

Who  from  the  grave  immor 
tal  rose, 
And  Thee,   O  Paraclete,  be 

praise, 
While  age  on  endless  ages 

flows. 
Amen. 

On  feasts  of  Our  Lady,  the  two  jollowing  verses  are  sung  »/ 
its  place  by  some  Religious: 

Maria,  Mater  gratiae,  O  Mary,  Mother  of  all  grace, 

Mater  misericordiae,  And  mercy  to  our  sinful  race, 

Tu  nos  ab  hoste  protege;  Protect  us  from  the  demon's 

power, 
Et  hora  mortis  suscipe.  And  take  us  at  life's  closing 

hour. 


Deo  Patri  sit  gloria 
Et  filio,  qui  a  mortuis, 

Surrexit,  ac  Paraclito, 
In  sempiterna  saecula. 
Amen. 


Gloria  tibi,  Domine, 
Qui  natus  es  de  Virgine, 
Cum  Patre  et  sancto  Spiritu, 
In  sempiterna  saecula. 
Amen. 


All  glory  be  to  Thee,  O  Lord, 
A  Virgin's  Son,  o'er  all  adored, 
And  equal  praise  for  ever  greet, 
The  Father  and  the  Paraclete. 
Amen. 


a  formula  of  tbe  Dews. 

*O*LMIGHTY  and  eternal  God!  I,  N.N.,  in  pro- 
aJr-*-*  found  adoration  before  the  Holy  Trinity,  and 
in  presence  of  the  blessed  Virgin  Mary,  and  of  all  the 
angels  and  saints,  vow  and  promise  to  Thy  supreme 
Majesty,  and,  subject  to  the  good  pleasure  of  His  Lord 
ship,  the  Bishop,  to  you,  reverend  Mother,  as  first  holding 
the  place  of  God  to  me,  poverty,  chastity,  and  obedience  * 
(for  a  year  in  the  Company  or  Congregation  N.N.) ;  and 
I  hope  to  obtain,  through  the  merits  of  Jesus  Christ,  Who 
'inspires  me  to  make  these  vows,  and  through  the  interces 
sion  of  the  saints,  the  grace  to  accomplish  them.  Amen. 

*  Some  Religious  Orders  mention  obedience  first  in  the  formula0 
then  pover/v  and  chastity. 


Grace  Before  and  After  Meals 


TRenewal  of  tbe  Dows. 

LMIGHTY  and  eternal  God!  I,  Sister  N.N., 
now  renew  and  confirm  with  my  whole  heart 
the  vows  of  poverty,  chastity,  and  obedience,  which  I 
made  at  my  profession.  I  implore  Thee,  O  God  of 
infinite  goodness  and  mercy,  by  the  precious  blood  of 
Jesus  Christ,  and  through  the  intercession  of  the  blessed 
Virgin  Mary,  to  grant  me  the  grace  to  fulfil  these  vows 
perfectly.  Amen. 


(Brace  Before  anD  Hfter 


BEFORE   DINNER. 


UPERIOR  — Benedicite. 


The  rest  answer  —  Bene 
dicite. 

V.  Oculi  omnium  in  te 
sperant  Domine,  et  tu  das 
escam  illorum  in  tempore  op 
portune. 

R.  Aperis  tu  Aianum  tuam, 
et  imples  omne  animal  bene- 
dictione. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  et  Filio 
et  Spiritui  sancto. 

R.  Sicut  erat  in  principle, 
et  nunc  et  semper,  et  in  saecula 
ssculorum.  Amen. 

V.  Kyrie  eleison.  . 

R.  Christe  eleison. 

V.  Kyrie  eleison. 


noster  (the  rest  is 
said  in  secret)  qui  es  in 
coelis,  sanctificetur  nomen  tu- 
um;  adveniat  regnam  tuum; 


UPERIOR— Let  us 

praise  the  Lord. 

The  rest  answer — Let  us 
praise  the  Lord. 

V.  The  eyes  of  all  hope  in 
Thee,  O  Lord,  and  Thou 
givest  them  food  in  a  favor 
able  time. 

R.  Thou  openest  Thy  hand, 
and  fillest  every  living  creat 
ure  with  Thy  blessing. 

V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 
rnd  to  the  Son,  and  to  the 
Holy  Ghost. 

R.  As  it  was  in  the  begin 
ning,  is  now,  and  ever  shall  be, 
world  without  end.  Amen. 

V.  Lord,  have  mercy  on  us. 

R.  Christ,  have  mercy  on 
us. 

V.  Lord,  have  mercy  on  us. 

OUR  Father,  Who  art   in 
heaven,    hallowed     be 
Thy    name;     Thy    kingdom 
come;    Thy  will  be  done  on 


174 


Grace  Before  and  After  Meals. 


fiat  voluntas  tua  sicut  in  ccelo 
et  in  terra;  panem  nostrum 
quotidianum  da  nobis  hodie; 
et  dimitte  nobis  debita  nostra 
sicut  et  nos  dimittibus  debi- 
toribus  nostris;  (loud}  Et  ne 
nos  inducas  in  tentationem. 
R.  Sed  libera  nos  a  malo. 

Oremus. 

ENEDIC,  Domine,  nos, 
et  haec  tua  dona,  quae 
tua  largitate  sumus  sump- 
tun.     Per    Christum    Domi- 
num  nostrum. 

R.  Amen.     Jube,  Domine, 
benedicere. 

F.  Mensae     coelestis     par- 
ticipes  faciat  nos  Rex  aeternae 
gloriae. 
R.  Amen. 


earth  as  it  is  in  heaven;  give 
us  this  day  our  daily  bread; 
and  forgive  us  our  trespasses, 
as  we  forgive  them  that  tres 
pass  against  us.  And  lead 
us  not  into  temptation. 

R.  But  deliver  us  from 
evil. 

Let  us  pray. 

BLESS  us,  O  Lord,  and 
these  Thy  gifts,  which 
of  Thy  bounty  we  are  going 
to  receive.  Through  Christ 
our  Lord. 

R.  Amen.  Lord,  grant  me 
Thy  blessing. 

V.  May  the  King  of  glory 
make  us  partakers  of  the 
heavenly  table. 

R.  Amen. 


AFTER   DINNER/ 


OONFITEANTUR     tibi, 
Domine,    omnia  opera 
tua. 

R.  Et  sancti  tui  benedicant 
tibi. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc. 

V.  Agimus  tibi  gratias, 
omnipotens  Deus,  pro  uni- 
versis  beneficiis  tuis;  qui 


ET  all  Thy  works  praise 
Thee,  O  Lord. 


R.  And  all  Thy  saints  bless 
Thee. 

V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 
etc. 

R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

V.  We  give  Thee  thanks, 
almighty  God,  for  all  Thy 
benefits,  Who  liveth  and 


*  The  Reader  says: 

V.  Tu  autem,  Domine,  mise-       V.  Do   Thou,    O   Lord,    have 
rere  nobis.  mercy  on  us. 

R.  Deo  gratias.  R-  Thanks  be  to  God. 

(The  same  after  supper,  when  there  has  been  reading  at  table.) 


Grace  Before  and  After  Meals.  175 

vivis  et  regnas  in  saecula  saecu-    reigneth   for   ever  and   ever, 
lorum,  etc.  etc. 

R.  Amen.  R.  Amen. 


Psalm  CXVI     Laudate  Domimim. 


«-• — •  num  omnes  gen- 
tes;  laudate  eum  omnes  pop- 
uli. 

R  Quoniam  confirmata  est 
super  nos  misericordia  ejus, 
et  veritas  Domini  manet  in 
aeternum. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc. 

V.  Kyrie  eleison. 

R    Christe  eleison. 

V.  Kyrie  eleison. 

Pater  noster,  etc.  Et  ne 
nos  inducas  in  tentationem. 

R.  Sed  libera  nos  a  malo. 

V.  Dispersit,  dedit  pauperi- 
bus. 

R.  Justitia  ejus  manet  in 
saeculum  saeculi. 

V.  Benedicam  Dominum 
in  omni  tempore. 

R.  Semper  laus  ejus  in  ore 
meo. 

V.  In  Domino  laudabitur 
anima  mea. 

R.  Audiant  mansueti,  et 
laetentur. 

V.  Magnificate  Dominum 
mecum. 

R.  Et  exalt  emus  nomen 
ejus  in  idipsum. 

V.  Sit  nomen  Domini  bene- 
dictum. 


V.  BRAISE  the  Lord, 

»-"—      all    ye    nations; 
praise  Him,  all  ye  people. 

R.  Because  His  mercy  is 
confirmed  upon  us,  and  the 
truth  of  the  Lord  remaineth 
for  ever. 

V.  Glory,  etc. 

R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

V.  Lord,  have  mercy  on  us. 

R.  Christ,  have  mercy  on  us. 

F.  Lord,  have  mercy  on  us. 

Our  Father,  etc.  And  lead 
us  not  into  temptation. 

R.  But  deliver  us  from 
evil. 

V.  He  distributed  and  gave 
to  the  poor. 

R  His  justice  remaineth 
for  ever. 

V.  I  will  bless  the  Lord  at 
all  times. 

R.  His  praise  shall  be  ever 
on  my  lips. 

V.  In  the  Lord  shall  my 
soul  be  praised. 

R.  Let  the  meek  hear  and 
rejoice. 

V.  O  magnify  the  Lore, 
with  me. 

R.  And  let  us  extol  His 
name  together. 

V.  Let  the  name  of  the 
Lord  be  blessed. 


176 


Grace  Before  and  After  Meals. 


R.  Ex  hoc  nunc  et  usque  in        R.  From    henceforth    now, 
speculum.  and  for  ever. 


Oremus. 

ETRIBUERE  dig- 
nare,  Domine,  om 
nibus  nobis  bona  facientibus 
propter  nomen  tuum,  vitam 
aeternam. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  Benedicamus    Domino. 

R.  Deo  gratias. 

V.  Et  fidelium  animae  per 
misericordiam  Dei  requies- 
cant  in  pace. 

R.  Amen. 

Pater  noster.      (Secreto.) 

V.  Deus  det  nobis  suam 
pacem. 

R.  Et  vitam  seternam. 
Amen. 


r. 


Let  us  pray. 

VOUCHSAFE,  O 
Lord,  to  re 
ward  with  eternal  life  all  those 
who  have  done  us  good,  for 
Thy  name's  sake. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  Let  us  bless  the  Lord. 

R.  Thanks  be  to  God. 

V.  And  may  the  souls  of 
the  faithful  departed,  through 
the  mercy  of  God,  rest  in 
peace. 

R.  Amen. 

Our  Father.    (In  secret.) 

V.  May  God  grant  us  His 
peace. 

R.  And  life  everlasting. 
Amen. 


BEFORE  SUPPER. 


B"  U  P  E  R  I  O  R  .— Bene- 
dicite. 

The  rest  answer  —  Bene- 
dicite. 

V.  Edent  pauperes,  et  sat- 
urabuntur,  et  laudabunt  Do- 
minum  qui  requirunt  eum. 

R.  Vivent  corda  eorum  in 
saeculum  saeculi. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc. 
V.  Kyrie  eleison. 
R.  Christe  eleison. 

V.  Kvrie  eleison. 


-  Let  us 
praise  the  Lord. 

The  rest  ansu'er — Let  us 
praise  the  Lord. 

V.  The  poor  shall  eat  and 
be  filled,  and  they  shall  praise 
the  Lord  who  seek  Him. 

R.  Their  hearts  shall  live  for 
ever  and  ever. 

V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 
etc. 

R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

V.  Lord,  have  mercy  on  us. 

R.  Christ,    have  mercy  on 


us. 


V.  Lord,  have  mercy  on  us. 


Grace  Before  and  After  Meals. 


177 


Pater   noster,    etc.     Et   ne 
nos  inducas  in  tentationem. 
R.  Sed  libera  nos  a  malo. 

Oremus. 

BENEDIC,  Domine  nos, 
et  haec  tua  dona,  quas 
de  tua  largitate  sumus  sump- 
turi.  Per  Christum  Dominum 
nostrum. 

R.  Amen.  Jube,  Domine, 
benedicere. 

V.  Ad  ccenam  vitae  aeternae 
perducat  nos  Rex  aeternae  glo- 
riae. 

R.  Amen 


Our  Father,  etc.     And  lead 
us  not  into  temptation. 
R.  But  deliver  us  from  evil. 

Let  us  pray. 

BLESS  us,  O  Lord,  and 
these  Thy  gifts,  which 
of  Thy  bounty  we  are  going 
to  receive.  Through  Christ 
our  Lord. 

R.  Amen.  Lord,  grant  me 
Thy  blessing. 

V.  May  the  King  of  glory 
make  us  partakers  of  the 
heavenly  table. 

R.  Amen. 


AFTER  SUPPER. 


fecit  mi- 

rabilium  suorum  mi- 
sericors  et  miserator  Domi- 
nus;  escam  dedit  timentibus 
se. 

Gloria  Patria,  etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc. 

V.  Benedictus  Deus  in  do- 
nis  suis,  et  sanctus  in  omni 
bus  operibus  suis,  qui  vivet  et 
regnat  in  saecula  sasculorum. 

R.  Amen. 


E  merciful  and  com- 
passionate  Lord  hath 
made  a  memorial  of  His  won 
derful  works;  He  hath  given 
food  to  them  that  fear  Him. 

Glory  be  to  the  Father,  etc. 

R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

V.  Blessed  be  God  in  all 
His  gifts,  and  holy  in  all  His 
works,  Who  liveth  and  reign- 
eth  for  ever  and  ever. 

R.  Amen. 


Psalm  CXVI. 

V.  Laudate  Dominum  V.  Praise  the  Lord,  all  ye 

omnes  gentes;  laudate  eum  nations;  praise  Him,  all  ye 

omnes  populi.  people. 

R.  Quoniam  confirmata  est  R.  Because  His  mercy  is 

super  nos  misericordia  ejus:  confirmed  upon  us,  and  the 

et  veritas  Domini  manet  in  truth  of  the  Lord  remainetb 

aeternum.  for  ever. 


i  78  Grace  Before  and  After  Meals. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc.  V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 

etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc.  R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

(The  rest  is  the  same  as  the  grace  after  dinner.) 

The  preceding  form  of  Grace  before  and  after  meals  is  con 
tinued  throughout  the  year,  except  on  the  festivals  hereafter 
marked. 

On  fast  days  no  other  Grace  is  said  before  and  after  dinner 
than  that  appointed  for  supper  on  ordinary  days. 

From  Christmas-day,  inclusively,  till   supper  on  the  Eve  o) 
the  Epiphany,  exclusively. 

VERBUM    caro    factum     Y^HE     Word    was    made 
est,  Alleluia.  *&     flesh,  Alleluia. 

R.  Et  habitavit  in  nobis,  R.  And  dwelt  amongst  us, 
Alleluia.  Alleluia. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc.  V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 

etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc.  R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

(The  rest  as  before.) 

AFTER   MEALS. 

OTUM   fecit   Dominus,     f£^HE     Lord     hath    made 

Alleluia.  ^     known,  Alleluia. 

R.  Salutare  suum,  Alleluia.         R.  His  salvation,  Alleluia. 
V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc.  V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 

etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc.  R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

(The  rest  as  before.) 

From  supper   on   the  Eve  of  the  Epiphany ,_  inclusively,  till 
supper  on  the  Octave  day,  exclusively. 

^TT)  EGES  Tharsis  et  Insu-  fJ^HE  kings  of  Tharsis 
JLX,  he  munera  offerunt,  *&  and  the  Islands  shall 
Alleluia.  °ffer  presents,  Alleluia. 

R.  Reges  Arabum  et  Saba  R.  The  kings  of  the  Ara- 
dona  adducent,  Alleluia.  bians  and  Saba  shall  bring 

gifts,  Alleluia. 


Grace  Before  and  After  Meals.  179 

F.  Gloria  Patri,  etc.  F.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 

etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc.  R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

(The  rest  as  before  ) 

AFTER   MEALS. 

atfNES  de  Saba  venient,        */  i'LL    shall  come   from 
Alleluia.  <JH,     Saba,  Alleluia. 

R.  Aurum   et   thus   defer-        R.  Bringing  gold  and  frank- 
entes,  Alleluia.  incense,  Alleluia. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc.  V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 

etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc.  R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

(The  rest  as  before.) 

On  Holy  Thursday  "Benedicite"  is  omitted,  and  the  Grace 
is  said  in  a  low  tone  of  voice  as  follows: 

OHRISTUS  factus  est  pro    f->fHRIST   became   for  us 
nobis   obediens   usque     X*i     obedient  unto  death, 
ad  mortem. 

Pater  noster,  etc.  Our  Father,  etc. 

(Said  entirely  in  silence.) 

AFTER  DINNER. 

QHRISTUS     factus     est     f^fHRIST   became    for   us 
pro     nobis     obediens    \~\.    obedient  unto  death, 
usque   ad    mortem. 

Pater  noster,  etc.  Our  Father,  etc. 

(In  silence;   then  follows:) 

Psalm  L.     Miserere  Mei  Deus. 

F./T\  I  S  E  R  E  R  E  mei  T.^pi  AVE  mercy  on  me 

%^£i  Deus,  secundum  r^-G  O  God,  accord 

magnam  misericordiam  tuam.  ing  to  Thy  great  mercy. 

R.  Et  secundum  multitudi-  R.  And  according  to  the 

nem  miserationum  tuarum,  multitude  of  Thy  tender  mer- 

dele  iniquitatem  meam.  cies,  blot  out  my  iniquity. 

V.  Amplius  lava  me  ab  in-  V.  Wash  me  yet  more  from 

iquitate  mea:  et  a  pecc?,to  my  iniquity,  and  cleanse  me 

mea  munda  me.  from  my  sin. 


i8o 


Grace  Before  and  After  Meals. 


R.  Quoniam  iniquitatem 
meam  ego  cognosce,  et  pec- 
catum  meum  contra  me  est 
semper. 

V.  Tibi  soli  peccavi,  et  ma- 
lum  coram  te  fed:  ut  justifi- 
ceris.  in  sermonibus  tuis  et 
vincas  cum  judicaris. 


R.  Ecce  enim  in  iniquita- 
tibusconceptussum:  et  in  pec- 
catis  concepit  me  mater  mea. 

F.  Ecce  enim  veritatem 
dilexisti:  incerta  et  occulta 
sapientiae  tuae  manifestati 
mihi. 

R.  Asperges  me  hyssopo, 
et  mundabor;  lavabis  me, 
et  super  nivem  dealbabor. 


V.  Auditui  meo  dabis  gau- 
dium  et  laetitiam;  et  exulta- 
bunt  ossa  humiliata. 

R.  Averte  faciem  tuam  a 
peccatis  meis  et  omnes,  iniqui- 
tates  meas  dele. 

V.  Cor  mundum  jcrea  in 
me,  Deus;  et  spiritum  rec 
tum  innova  in  visceribus  meis. 

R.  Ne  projicias  me  a  facie 
tua;  et  spiritum  sanctum 
tuum  ne  auferas  a  me. 

F.  Redde  mihi  laetitiam 
salutaris  tui;  et  spiritu  prin- 
cipali  confirma  me. 

R.  Docebo    iniquos    vias 


7?.  For  I  know  my  iniquity, 
and  my  sin  is  always  before 
me. 

F.  To  Thee  only  have  I 
sinned,  and  have  done  evil 
before  Thee;  that  Thou 
mayest  be  justified  in  Thy 
words,  and  mayest  overcome 
when  Thou  art  judged. 

R.  For  behold  I  was  con 
ceived  in  iniquity:  and  in  sins 
did  my  mother  conceive  me. 

F.  For  behold  Thou  hast 
loved  truth:  the  uncertain 
and  hidden  things  of  Thy  wis 
dom  Thou  hast  made  mani 
fest  to  me. 

R.  Thou  shalt  sprinkle  me 
with  hyssop,  and  I  shall  be 
cleansed;  Thou  shalt  wash 
me,  and  I  shall  be  made 
whiter  than  snow. 

F.  To  my  hearing  Thou 
shalt  give  joy  and  gladness; 
and  the  bones  that  have  been 
humbled  shall  rejoice. 

R.  Turn  away  Thy  face 
from  my  sins,  and  blot  out  all 
my  iniquities. 

F.  Create  a  clean  heart  in 
me,  O  God,  and  renew  a 
right  spirit  within  my  bowels. 

R.  Cast  me  "not  away  from 
Thy  face,  and  take  not  Thy 
Holy  Spirit  from  me. 

F.  Restore  unto  me  the 
joy  of  Thy  salvation;  and 
strengthen  me  with  a  perfect 
spirit. 

R.  T  will  teach  the  unjust 


tuas:  et  impii  ad  te  conver- 
tentur. 

V.  Libera  me  de  sanguini- 
bus,  Deus,  Deus,  salutis  meae; 
et  exultabit  lingua  mea  justi- 
tiam  tuam. 

R.  Domine  labia  mea  ape 
ries:  et  os  meum  annuntiabit 
laudum  tuam. 

V.  Quoniam  si  voluisses 
sacrificium,  dedissem  utique: 
holocaustis  non  delectaberis. 

R.  Sacrificium  Deo  spiri- 
tus  contribulatus:  cor  contri- 
tum  et  humiliatum  Deus  non 
despicies. 

V.  Benigne  fac  Domine  in 
bona  voluntate  tua  Sion:  ut 
sedificentur  muri  Jerusalem. 

R.  Tune  acceptabis  sacri 
ficium  justitiae,  oblationes,  et 
holocausta:  tune  imponent 
super  altare  tuum  vitulos. 

V.  Respice,  quaesumus  Do- 
rnine,  super  hanc  familiam 
tuam,  pro  qua  Dominus  nos- 
ter  Jesus  Christus  non  dubi- 
tavit  manibus  tradi  nocen- 
tium,  et  crucis  subire  tormen- 
tum  (in  silence}  qui  vivis  et 
regnas  in  saecula  saeculorum. 
Amen. 


Thy  ways;  and  the  wicked 
shall  be  converted  to  Thee. 

V.  Deliver  me  from  blood, 
O  God,  Thou  God  of  my  sal 
vation,  and  my  tongue  shall 
extol  Thy  justice. 

R.  O  Lord,  Thou  wilt  open 
my  lips,  and  my  mouth  shall 
declare  Thy  praise. 

V.  For  if  Thou  hadst  desired 
sacrifice,  I  would  indeed  have 
given  it:  with  burnt  offerings 
Thou  wilt  not  be  delighted. 

R.  A  sacrifice  to  God  is  an 
afflicted  spirit:  a  contrite  and 
humbled  heart,  O  God,  Thou 
wilt  not  despise. 

V.  Deal  favorably,  O  Lord, 
in  Thy  good-will  with  SioD, 
that  the  walls  of  Jerusalem 
may  be  built  up. 

R.  Then  Thou  shalt  accept 
the  sacrifice  of  justice,  obla 
tions,  and  whole  burnt  offer 
ings:  then  they  shall  lay  calves 
upon  Thy  altar. 

V.  Look  down,  we  beseech 
Thee,  O  Lord,  on  this  Thy 
family,  for  which  Our  Lord 
Jesus  Christ  was  pleased  to  be 
delivered  into  the  hands  of 
the  wicked,  and  suffer  the  tor 
ments  of  the  cross  (in  silence), 
Who  liveth  and  reigneth  world 
without  end.  Amen. 


On  Good  Friday  the  preceding  Grace  is  said,  with  this  differ 
ence  only: 

OHRISTUS  factus  est  pro    ffHRIST   became   for  us 
nobis   obediens   usque     V>\     obedient  unto  death, 
ad  mortem. 


1 82  Grace  Before  and  After  Meals. 

R.  Mortem  autem  crucis.          R.  Even  to  the  death  of  the 

cross. 

On  Holy  Saturday  "Benedicite"  is  said  as  usual: 

VESPERE     autem    Sab-      *7TyP  in  the  end  of  the 
bati,  vJf-^    Sabbath, 

R.  Quae  lucescit  in  prima  R.  When  it  began  to 
Sabbati,  venit  Maria  Mag-  dawn  towards  the  first  day  of 
dalene  et  altera  Maria  videre  the  week,  came  Mary  Mag- 
sepulchrum,  Alleluia.  dalen  and  the  other  Mary,  to 

see  the  sepulcher,  Alleluia. 
V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc.  V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 

etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc.  R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

(The  rest  as  before.) 

AFTER  DINNER. 

V.  Vespere  autem  Sabbati.         V.  And  in  the  end,  etc. 
R.  Quae  lucescit,  etc.  R.  When  it  began  to  dawn, 

etc. 
V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc.  V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 

etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc.  R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

(The  rest  as  before.) 

From  Easter  Sunday,  inclusively,  till  the  Supper  of  the  follow-  • 
ing  Saturday,  exclusively. 

SEC  dies  quam  fecit  Do-     f£?  HIS  is  the  day  which  the 
minus,  Alleluia.  ^-^     Lord  hath  made,  Al 

leluia. 

R.  Exultemus  et  laetemur  R.  Let  us  exult  and  rejoice 
in  ea,  Alleluia.  thereon,  Alleluia. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc.  V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father 

etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc.  R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

(The  rest  as  before.) 

AFTER  MEALS. 

V.  Haec  dies,  etc.  V.  This  is  the  day,  etc. 

R.  Exultemus,  etc.  R.  Let  us  exult,  etc. 

(The  rest  as  before) 


Grace  Be/ore  and  After  Meals.  183 

From  the  Eve  of  the  Ascension,  inclusively,  till  the  Eve  of  Pen 
tecost,  exclusively. 

'SCENDIT     Deus    in     /^fOD    is    ascended    with 

jubilatione,  Alleluia.       ^&     jubilee,  Alleluia. 
R.  Et    Dominus    in    voce         R.  And  the  Lord  with  the 
tubas,  Alleluia.  sound  of  the  trumpet,  Alleluia. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc.  V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 

etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc.  R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

(The  rest  as  before.) 

AFTER  MEALS. 

V.  Ascendens  Christus  in  V.  Christ  ascending  on 
altum,  Alleluia.  high,  Alleluia. 

R.  Captivam  duxit  capti-  R.  Hath  led  captivity  cap- 
vitatem,  Alleluia.  tive,  Alleluia. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc.  V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 

etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc.  R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

(The  rest  as  before.) 

From  the  Eve  of  Pentecost,  inclusively,  to  the  Supper  of  the  fol 
lowing  Saturday,  exclusively. 

BPIRITUS  Domini  reple-     JJJHE   spirit   of  the   Lord 
vit  orbem  terrarum,  Al-     V-J     hath   filled   the   whole 
leluia.  earth,  Alleluia. 

R.  Et  hoc  quod  continet  R.  And  all  contained  there- 
omnia,  scientiam  habet  vocis,  in  hath  heard  His  voice, 
Alleluia.  Alleluia. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc.  V.  Glory -be  to  the  Father, 

etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc.  R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

(The  rest  as  before.) 

AFTER  MEALS. 


EPLETI    sunt    omnes    )^HEY  were  all  filled  with 
Spiritu  Sancto,  Alle-     *&     the  Holy  Ghost,  Alle 
luia,  luia. 


1 84 


Grace  Before  and  After  Meals, 


R.  Et  cceperunt  loqui,  Al-        R.  And     they     began     to 
leluia.  speak,  Alleluia. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc.  V.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 

etc. 

R.  Sicut  erat,  etc.  R.  As  it  was,  etc. 

(The  rest  as  before.) 

BEFORE  BREAKFAST  AND  BEFORE  COLLATION  ON  FASTING-DAYS. 

V.  Benedicite.  V.  Let  us  praise  the  Lord. 

R.  Benedicite.  R.  Let  us  praise  the  Lord. 

'MINUS  nos  et  ea,  quae  {T\AY  Christ's  right  hand 

sumus  sumpturi,  bene-  V-£     bless  us,  and  what  we 

dicat  dextra  Christi,  in  nomine  are  about  to  receive;   in  the 

Patris    et    Filii     et    Spiritus  name  of  the  Father,  and  of 

Sancti.  the    Son,    and    of   the    Holy 

Ghost. 

R.  Amen.  R.  Amen. 


AFTER  BREAKFAST  AND  AFTER  COLLATION. 

'GIMUS  tibi  gratias, 
omnipotens  Deus, 
pro  universis  beneficiis  tuis, 
qui  vivis  et  regnas  in  saecula 
saeculorum. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  Kyrie  eleison. 

R.  Christe  eleison. 

V.  Kyrie  eleison. 

Pater  Noster. 

V.  Et  ne  nos  inducas  in 
tentationem. 

R.  Sed  libera  nos  a  malo. 

V.  Fidelium  animre  per 
misericordiam  Dei  requies- 
cant  in  pace. 

R.  Amen. 


almighty  God,  for  all 
Thy  benefits,  Who  livest  and 
reignest  now  and  for  ever. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  Lord  have  mercy  on  us. 

R.  Christ  have  mercy  onus. 

V.  Lord  have  mercy  on  us. 

Our  Father. 

V.  And  lead  us  not  into 
temptation. 

R.  But  deliver  us  from  evil. 

V.  May  the  souls  of  the 
faithful  departed  through  the 
mercy  of  God,  rest  in  peace. 

R.  Amen. 


Grace  Before  and  After  Meals. 


Psalm  CXXIX.    De  Profundis* 


V.  *T^VE  profundis  clama- 

fjLJ     vi  ad  te  Domine; 

Domine  exaudi  vocem  meam. 

R.  Fiant  aures  tuse  inten- 
dentes;  in  vocem  depreca- 
tionis  meae. 

V.  Si  iniquitates  observa- 
veris,  Domine;  Domine  quis 
sustinebit! 

R.  Quia  apud  te  propitiatio 
est,  et  propter  legem  tuam 
sustinui  te,  Domine. 

V.  Sustinuit  anima  mea  in 
verbo  ejus;  speravit  anima 
mea  in  Domino. 

R.  A  custodia  matutina 
usque  ad  noctem:  speret  Is 
rael  in  Domino. 

V.  Quia  apud  Dominum 
misericordia,  et  copiosa  apud 
eum  redemptio. 

R.  Et  ipse  redimet  Israd 
ex  omnibus  iniquitatibus  ejus. 

V.  Requiem  aeternam  dona 
eis  Domine. 

R.  Et  lux  perpetua  luceat 
eis. 

V.  A  porta  inferi, 

R.  Erue  Domine  animas 
eorum. 

V .  Requiescant  in  pace. 

R.  Amen. 


V.  "T^ROM  the  depths 
,-•— I  I  have  cried  to 
Thee,  O  Lord;  Lord,  hear 
my  voice. 

R.  Let  Thine  ears  be  at 
tentive  to  the  voice  of  my  pe 
tition. 

V.  If  Thou  wilt  observe 
iniquities,  O  Lord;  Lord, 
who  shall  endure  it? 

R.  Because  with  Thee  there 
is  propitiation,  and  by  rea 
son  of  Thy  law  I  have  waited 
for  Thee,  O  Lord! 

V.  My  soul  hath  relied  on 
His  word;  my  soul  hath 
hoped  in  the  Lord. 

R.  From  the  morning  watch 
even  until  night,  let  Israel 
hope  in  the  Lord. 

V.  Because  with  the  Lord 
there  is  mercy,  and  with  Him 
plentiful  redemption. 

R.  And  He  shall  redeem 
Israel  from  all  his  iniquities. 

V.  Eternal  rest  give  to 
them,  O  Lord. 

R.  And  let  perpetual  light 
shine  upon  them. 

V.  From  the  gates  of  hell, 

R.  Deliver  their  souls,  O 
Lord. 

V.  May  they  rest  in  peace. 

R.  Amen. 


*  For  the  convenience  of  those  Communities  in  which  the  "De 
Profundis"  is  recited  after  Grace  at  certain  times,  the  Psalm  is 
here  inserted  together  with  the  Versicles,  responses,  and  prayers. 

For  the  Magnificat,  see  p.  155. 


i86  Grace  Before  and  After  Meals. 

Or  emus.  Let  us  pray. 

fIDELIUM    Deus,   om-  /~V  GOD  the  Creator  and 

nium  Conditor  et  Re-  ^-^      Redeemer  of    all    the 

demptor,      animabus     famu-  faithful,  give  to  the  souls  of 

lorum  famularumque  tuarum,  Thy    servants    departed    the 

remissionem    cunctorum    tri-  full  remission  of  all  their  sins; 

bue   peccatorum;     ut   indul-  that    through    pious    suppli- 

gentiam  quam  semper  opta-  cations  they  may  obtain  the 

verunt,   piis    supplicationibus  pardon  they  have  always  de- 

consequantur:     qui    vivis    et  sired:    Who  livest  and  reign  - 

regnas  in  saecula  saeculorum.  est  for  ever  and  ever. 

R.  Amen.  R.  Amen. 

V.  Requiem  seternam  dona  V.  Eternal     rest    give     to 

eis,  Domine.  them,  O  Lord. 

R.  Et  lux  perpetua  luceat  R.  And  let  perpetual  light 

eis.  shine  upon  them. 

V.  Requiescant  in  pace.  V.  May  they  rest  in  peace. 

R.  Amen.  R.  Amen. 

GRACE   BEFORE    MEALS.      (For  all   claSSCS.) 

Bless  us,  O  Lord,  and  these  Thy  gifts  which  we  are 
about  to  receive  from  Thy  bounty:  through  Christ  our 
Lord. 

R.  Amen. 

GRACE   AFTER  MEALS. 

We  give  Thee  thanks,  O  almighty  God,  for  all  Thy 
benefits.  Who  liveth  and  reigneth  now  and  for  ever. 

R.  Amen. 

Vouchsafe,  O  Lord,  to  reward  with  eternal  life  all 
those  who  do  us  good  for  Thy  name's  sake. 

R.  Amen. 

V.  Let  us  bless  the  Lord 

R.  Thanks  be  to  God. 

V.  May  the  souls  of  the  faithful  departed-  through 
the  mercy  of  God,  rest  in  peace. 

R.  Amen. 


General  Prayers.  187 

Dailg  IFntentiong. 

BUNDAY. — Mass,  Communion,  Office,  Rosary,  etc., 
in  honor  of  the  Most  Holy  Trinity,  for  the  Pope, 
prelates,  and  clergy,  the  propagation  of  the  faith,  in 
thanksgiving  for  my  creation,  redemption,  and  vocation, 
and  to  beg  grace  to  unite  my  heart  perfectly  to  God  by 
dying  to  myself  and  to  the  world,  so  that  I  may  use  my 
talents  and  my  whole  being  in  the  service  of  my  heavenly 
Spouse. 

Monday. — Mass,  Office,  Rosary,  etc.,  in  honor  of  St.  N., 
for  the  repose  of  the  souls  of  the  faithful  departed,  par 
ticularly  N.N.,  and  the  Sisters  of  the  Institute;  and  for 
myself,  the  grace  of  final  perseverance  and  a  happy  death. 

Tuesday. — Mass,  Communion,  Office,  Rosary,  etc., 
in  honor  of  the  angels,  for  the  conversion  of  negligent 
Catholics,  especially  N.N.;  for  myself,  a  right  knowl 
edge,  and  the  perfect  spirit  of  poverty,  chastity,  and 
obedience. 

Wednesday. — Mass,  Office,  Rosary,  etc.,  in  honor  of 
St.  Joseph,  for  parents,  friends,  benefactors,  for  those  for 
whom  I  have  promised  to  pray,  for  the  temporal  wants 
of  the  Institute,  for  the  Superiors  of  the  several  houses; 
and  for  myself,  modesty,  meekness,  and  humility,  and 
the  graces  to  subdue  my  senses  and  imagination. 

Thursday. — Mass,  Communion,  Office,  Rosary,  etc., 
in  honor  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament,  in  reparation  for  all 
sacrilegious  communions,  and  all  indignities  offered  to  this 
Sacrament  of  love,  for  all  Religious,  N.  ...  for  priests, 
N.  .  .  .  my  duties,  the  relief  of  the  poor;  and  for  my 
self,  the  virtues  of  charity,  patience,  and  confidence  in 
God. 

Friday. — Mass,  Communion,  Office,  Rosary,  etc.,  in 
honor  of  the  sacred  Passion  and  death  of  my  Saviour, 
Jesus  Christ,  that  union  and  charity  may  reign  in  the 
Community,  that  its  members  may  increase,  and  that 
all  may  be  filled  with  zeal  for  the  conversion  of  sinners; 


1  88  General  Prayers. 

for  myself,  a  simple  and  pure  intention  in  all  my 
actions.  For  the  same  intentions,  in  honor  of  the 
Sacred  Heart. 

Saturday.  —  Mass,  Office,  Rosary,  etc.,  in  honor  of 
our  blessed  Lady,  to  beg  grace  to  confess  my  sins,  briefly,, 
distinctly,  and  contritely,  and  to  draw  fruit  from  my  con 
fessions  and  communions. 

Bails  iprager  for  tbe  associates  in  tbe  SacreD  1>earf 
of  Jesus. 

/T\Y  loving  Jesus,  I,  N.N.,  give  Thee  my  heart,  and 
•  »  I  consecrate  myself  wholly  to  Thee  out  of  the 
grateful  love  I  bear  Thee,  and  as  a  reparation  for  all  my 
unfaithfulness  to  grace,  and  with  Thine  aid  I  purpose 
never  to  sin  again. 

O  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  burning  with  love  for  us, 
inflame  our  hearts  with  love  for  Thee.  Grant  that  we 
may,  in  conversation,  manners,  and  conduct,  avoid 
whatever  may  in  the  least  disturb  our  union,  or  lessen 
in  the  smallest  degree  our  mutual  charity  and  love,  that 
we  may  repair  the  smallest  offence  by  quickly  asking 
pardon,  and  if  asked  pardon  of  by  others,  oh!  enable 
us  to  grant  it  without  contention  or  reserve. 

2>atl£  prater  for  tbe  associates  in  tbe  SacreD  Ibeart 
of 


EMEMBER,  O  most  blessed  Virgin!  that  it  has 
never  been  heard  of  in  any  age,  that  those  who 
implored  thy  powerful  protection  were  abandoned  by 
thee.  I,  therefore,  O  sacred  Virgin,  animated  with  the 
most  lively  confidence,  cast  myself  at  thy  sacred  feet, 
most  earnestly  beseeching  thee  to  adopt  me  as  thy  child, 
to  take  care  of  my  eternal  salvation,  and  to  watch  over 
me  at  the  hour  of  death.  Oh,  do  not,  Mother  of  the 
Word  Incarnate,  despise  my  prayer,  but  graciously 
hear  and  obtain  the  grant  of  my  petitions.  Amen. 


Gen  era  I  Prayers.  189 

O  dearest  Mother,  obtain  for  us,  thy  children,  the 
jrrace  ever  to  bear  in  mind  that  by  the  vow  of  obedience 
we  have  for  ever  renounced  our  own  will,  and  resigned 
it  to  the  direction  of  our  Superiors:  that  we  may  be  able 
to  comply  with  all  their  directions,  whether  in  matters 
of  great  or  little  moment,  agreeable  or  disagreeable: 
that  we  may  never  murmur,  but  with  humility  and 
spiritual  joy  carry  the  sweet  yoke  of  thy  divine  Son,  Jesus. 

prater  before  Ejamen. 

MOST  loving  Father!  I  thank  Thee  with  my 
whole  heart  and  soul  for  all  Thy  mercies  to  me, 
4  most  miserable  sinner.  Thou  hast  created  me  for 
Thine  own  glory,  redeemed  me  with  Thy  most  precious 
blood,  called  me  to  Thy  holy  faith,  and,  with  most  un- 
peakable  goodness,  hast  chosen  me  for  Thy  spouse, 
permitting  me  to  live  under  the  same  roof  with  Thyself 
and  Thy  chosen  servants.  O  my  soul,  bless  the  Lord! 
let  all  that  is  within  thee  praise  His  holy  name!  He  has 
done  all  things  for  me:  I  will  bless  and  glorify  Him  for 
ever  and  ever. 

O  divine  Spirit  of  light  and  truth,  enlighten  me,  that 
I  may  know  myself.  Amen. 

Our  Father,  etc.     Hail  Mary,  etc. 

Bails  Bjanten. 

ISING.  — •  Promptitude    in    rising    and    dressing, 

thoughts  on  God  or  the  subject  of  meditation. 
Morning  Offering. — With  fervor. 
Meditation. — Respectful   posture;   presence    of    God; 
attention;    fervor  in  affections  and  resolutions;    choice 
of  ejaculations  for  the  day. 

Office. — Recollection;  attention  to  ceremonies  and 
pronunciation  of  words. 

Mass. — Formal  intention;    the  prayers  with  devotion 


190  General  Prayers. 

or  meditation  on  the  Passion ;  spiritual  communion  and 
offering  of  one's  self  to  God. 

Communion. — Preparation  by  offering  of  duties  from 
evening  meditation;  faith,  humility,  gratitude,  love, 
the  fruit  drawn  from  it. 

Visits  to  the  Blessed  Sacrament. — Fidelity  in  making 
those  prescribed,  viz.:  after  breakfast  to  review  medi 
tation,  after  spiritual  reading,  before  and  after  meals, 
before  and  after  an  appointed  duty  in  the  schools,  house 
of  mercy,  etc.:  besides  those,  one  or  two  of  special 
devotion  for  a  few  minutes. 

Spiritual  Reading. — Attention,  fruit  drawn  from  it. 

Domestic  Duties. — Union  with  Jesus  in  Nazareth,  or 
in  the  spirit  of  penance,  care,  neatness. 

Time-employments. — With  regularity,  exactness,  fer 
vor,  cheerfulness  under  labor  or  fatigue ;  avoiding  indul 
gence  in  idleness  or  slothful  neglect,  yielding  to  impa 
tience,  irritability,  pride,  or  vanity. 

Silence. — Time,  places,  and  manner  prescribed ;  avoid 
ing  idle  thoughts. 

Night  Prayers. — Punctuality;  diligent  examen;  devo 
tion  at  Litany;  preparation  of  meditation. 

Retiring  to  rest. — Silence ;  thoughts  of  God ;  in  bed  at 
the  appointed  time. 

Hnotber  Sbort  dfcetbofc  of  Dailg  Ejamen. 

(Recall  Presence  of  God.) 

FIRST   POINT — ACT  OF   THANKSGIVING. 

/~\  MY  Lord  and  my  God!  I  most  humbly  thank 
^^  Thee  for  the  great  benefits  of  creation,  redemp 
tion,  etc.,  and  for  Thy  mercy  and  patience  in  bearing 
with  me  in  spite  of  my  many  faults  and  sins.  I  offer 
Thee,  my  dear  Lord  and  Master,  the  gratitude  of  my 
poor  heart  for  all  Thy  favors,  general  and  particular; 
above  all,  for  having  called  me  to  this  Congregation  in 
order  to  save  rne  in  it. 


General  Pra  \  'ers.  191 

SECOND    POINT — PETITION    FOR   LIGHT. 

MY  God,  give  me  light  to  know  my  sins  and  see 
their  real  deformity,  and  to  realize  what  a  bad 
and  bitter  thing  it  is  to  stray  from  Thee.  Grant  me 
grace  to  see  clearly  my  miseries,  and  to  detest  them  with 
all  my  heart. 

THIRD   POINT — EXAMINATION. 

MY  dear  Lord,  how  far  have  I  gone  astray  from 
the  path  of  perfection,  although  my  Saviour 
Jesus  hath  marked  it  out  for  me  by  footprints  stained 
with  blood! 

CJeneral  Bjamen. 

FIRST   POINT — SPIRITUAL   DUTIES. 

FFERING  of  first  thoughts  and  in  union  with  the 
Apostleship  of  Prayer?  Morning  and  night 
prayers?  Meditation  and  reflection?  Mass?  Holy 
communion?  Spiritual  reading?  Daily  examen? 
Beads?  Vocal  prayers?  Visits  to  the  Blessed  Sacra 
ment?  Particular  examen? 

SECOND   POINT — VOWS. 

1.  *~f£)OVERTY. — In  giving?  lending?  borrowing? 
r*—      accepting  ?  retaining  ?  without  leave  ?  Waste 

in  charges  ?     Spirit  of  poverty  cultivated  ? 

2.  Chastity. — Custody  of  eyes,  ears,  tongue?     Dan 
gerous  reading?     Avoidance  of  dangerous  occasions? 

3.  Obedience. — In    execution?     In    will?     In    judg 
ment?    Obeyed  unreservedly ?  promptly?  courageously? 
humbly  ?  in  spirit  of  faith? 

4.  Sendee  of  the  Poor. — Appointed  work  neglected  or 
badly  done?     Spirit  of  faith,  serving  Christ's  poor  with 
devotedness?     "Unceasing  labor"? 

5.  Instruction    of    Children.  —  Devotedness?      Thor 
oughness?     Kindness?     Patience?     Impartiality?     In 
the  spirit  of  faith? 


J92  General  Prayers. 


THIRD   POINT— -PRACTICE   OF   PRINCIPAL  VIRTUES, 

What  faults  against  charity?    Humility?    Industry? 
Patience  ?    Punctuality  ?     Silence  ?  etc. 

FOURTH   POINT — ACT    OF    SORROW. 

MY  dear  Lord,  through  Thy  infinite  mercy  par- 
don  me  my  many  sins  and  faults.  I  am  heartily 
sorry  for  them,  because  by  them  I  have  grieved  and 
wounded  Thy  Sacred  Heart  and  rendered  myself  so  un 
worthy  of  Thy  love.  I  am  sorry  from  my  heart  for  the 
ungrateful  return  I  have  made  Thee  for  all  Thy  good 
ness  to  me.  Forgive  me,  dear  Lord,  pierce  my  heart 
with  true  sorrow.  I  love  Thee  above  all  things. 

FIFTH   POINT — PURPOSE   OF   AMENDMENT. 

/T\Y  Lord  and  my  God,  I  now  firmly  resolve  with 
-  •  Thy  help  to  correct  my  faults — to  overcome 
specially  that  one,  N.N.,  which  I  am  determined  not 
to  commit  again.  Confirm  this  my  resolution  by  the 
merits  of  Thy  bitter  Passion  and  death,  which  I  now 
offer  in  satisfaction  for  my  sins.  My  dear  Jesus!  I 
unite  my  poor  heart  with  Thine  all  wounded  and  torn. 
May  Thy  Heart  be  a  hiding-place  in  which  I  may  dwell 
securely.  My  heart  is  ready,  O  my  God!  my  heart  is 
ready  to  make  atonement  for  my  sins,  to  adopt  the  means 
of  correcting  my  faults,  and  of  acquiring  the  perfection 
of  my  holy  state. 

N.B. — Conclude  with  Pater  and  Ave.  If  time  permit, 
recite  Acts  of  Faith,  Hope,  and  Charity,  also  "Suscipe" 
and  a  few  indulgenced  aspirations. 

an  Offering  of  Communion. 

I   OFFER  Thee,  O  my  God!   the  Mass  and  commun 
ion  of  to-morrow,  to  the  honor  and  glory  of  Thy 
most  holy  name,  in  commemoration  of  Thy  sacred  Pas 
sion,  in  thanksgiving  for  all  Thy  benefits,  in  satisfaction 


General  Prayers.  193 

for  all  my  sins,  and  as  a  means  of  obtaining  all  the  graces 
I  stand  in  need  of,  in  order  to  serve  Thy  divine  Majesty 
in  the  most  perfect  manner  possible  to  me.  I  offer  this 
holy  communion  to  Thee,  O  eternal  Father,  in  union 
with  the  offering  my  dear  Redeemer  made  of  Himself 
upon  the  cross,  in  thanksgiving  for  my  creation,  redemp 
tion,  and  preservation,  in  union  with  all  the  intentions 
my  divine  Saviour  had  in  the  institution  of  this  Most 
Holy  Sacrament,  that  I  may  become  more  meek, 
humble,  particularly  charitable,  obedient,  patient,  and 
mortified;  that  I  may  always  do  Thy  will  with  exact 
ness,  fervor,  and  perseverance;  and  that  in  all  my 
actions  I  may  aim  at  perfection.  I  offer  it  as  an  atone 
ment  to  the  adorable  Heart  of  my  most  loving  Jesus, 
for  all  the  outrages  it  has  received,  from  myself  and 
all  mankind.  I  also  offer  it  for  N.N.,  for  the  con 
version  of  sinners,  the  perseverance  of  the  just,  and  for 
rhe  relief  of  the  souls  in  purgatory. 

flntentions  for  Ibolg  Communion. 

'T'NTENTIONS  for  holy  communion  regarding  the 
•^  Church  Triumpliant,  the  Church  Militant,  and  the 
Church  Suffering. 

1.  In  thanksgiving  for  benefits;  to  obtain  an  increase 
of  graces  and  blessings  for  the  whole  Order ;  particularly 
to  supplicate  the  divine  assistance  in  the  spiritual  and 
temporal  necessities  of  your  own  Community;  in  praise 
of  God  for  the  glory  of  the  saints,  and  especially  of  the 
founders  of  Religious  Orders. 

2.  For  the  Catholic  Church  in  general;   for  its  special 
wants  in  this  country;  for  the  propagation  of  the  faith; 
for  the  intentions  of  the  Holy  Father ;   for  the  hierarchy ; 
for  zealous  priests  and  evangelical   laborers;    for  the 
League  of  the  Sacred  Heart,  and  the  intentions  of  the 
Apostleship   of   Prayer;    for   your   own    sanctification, 
fidelity  to  your  vows,  and  final  perseverance. 


194  General  Prayers. 

^  3.  For  the  holy,  suffering  souls  in  purgatory — in  par 
ticular  for  the  deceased  members  and  benefactors  of 
your  Order,  and  for  those  souls  that  were  most  devoted 
to  the  Holy  Eucharist  and  to  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary.* 
The  Visitation  Manual  gives  the  following  list  of  inten 
tions  for  holy  communions: 

E  first  communion  in  each  month,  for  the  reno- 
vation  of  your  vows,  or  good  purposes. 

The  second,  for  the  exaltation  of  the  holy  Church, 
for  the  Pope,  and  the  whole  ecclesiastical  order. 

The  third,  for  the  preservation,  union,  and  perfection 
of  your  Order. 

The  fourth,  for  the  conversion  of  infidels  and  sinners. 

The  fifth,  for  concord  among  Christian  rulers ;  chiefly 
for  the  welfare  of  the  country  in  which  you  reside,  or 
for  other  public  necessities. 

Sixth.  A  holy  communion  and  Mass,  once  a  month, 
for  all  the  souls  in  purgatory. 

Seventh.  A  holy  communion  and  Mass,  for  the  de 
ceased  members  of  your  holy  Order;  and  one  upon  the 
decease  of  relations  and  Sisters. 

In  the  monasteries  of  the  Visitation,  a  Mass  and  gen 
eral  communion  are  offered  for  all  benefactors,  at  their 
decease. 

On  the  first  Friday,  or  first  Sunday  of  each  month, 
offer  your  holy  communion  in  union  with  the  League 
of  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  and  the  intentions  of  the 
Apostleship  of  Prayer. 

The  intentions  for  the  daily  communion  are: 

i  st.  For  the  special  wants  of  the  Church,  particularly 
in  this  country,  and  for  the  propagation  of  the  faith. 

2d.  To  obtain  evangelical  laborers. 

*  Special  intentions  are  mentioned  in  the  following  chapters, 
i.e.,  in  the  opening  prayer,  under  the  caption:  Offering  of  Mass 
and  Communion,  for  Sunday,  Monday,  Tuesday,  and  so  on,  for 
each  -day  in  the  week. 


General  Prayers.  195 

3d.  For  the  whole  Order  and  particularly  for  the 
spiritual  and  temporal  necessities  of  your  own  Com 
munity. 

4th.  For  those  devoted  to  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus 
and  to  our  holy  founder. 

prater  of  tbe  Sssoctates  for  tbe  Communion  of 
IRepacation. 

*NIMATED  by  an  earnest  desire  to  console  Thy 
Adorable  Heart,  O  beloved  Jesus,  and  feeling 
our  inability  to  do  so  worthily,  it  is  by  the  immaculate 
heart  of  Thy  holy  Mother  that  we  dare  to  offer  Thee 
the  homage  of  our  humble  reparation.  With  her,  and 
in  memory  of  Thy  precious  blood,  we  beseech  Thee  to 
stretch  forth  Thy  powerful  arm  over  Thy  Church,  to 
defend  her,  to  give  her  the  victory  over  all  her  enemies, 
and  to  put  an  end  to  the  long  trials  of  her  venerable  and 
august  Head.  Vouchsafe  also  to  bless  and  protect  this, 
our  country,  cast  upon  it  Thine  eyes  of  mercy,  and  ren 
der  it  fruitful  in  saints  and  valiant  defenders  of  the  faith. 
Finally,  O  blessed  Lord,  bring  back  to  Thyself  all  sin 
ners,  crown  with  Thy  graces  and  with  Thy  most  abun 
dant  blessings  each  member  of  our  Association,  and 
kindle  in  the  hearts  of  all  the  fire  of  Thy  love,  and  those 
burning  flames  of  zeal  which  Thou  Thyself  didst  come 
to  enkindle  upon  the  earth.  Amen. 

PRAYER  TO   BE   SAID   BEFORE   MASS. 

*T~^ORD,  God  almighty,  behold  me  prostrate  before 
r*— *  Thee,  in  order  to  appease  and  honor  Thy  divine 
Majesty,  in  the  name  of  all  creatures.  But  how  can  I 
do  it — I,  a  wretched  sinner?  Yes,  I  can,  and  I  will  do 
it;  because  I  know  that  Thou  dost  glory  in  being  called 
the  Father  of  mercy,  and  that,  for  love  of  us,  Thou  hast 
given  even  Thy  only-begotten  Son,  Who  offered  Him 
self  for  us  on  the  cross,  and  Who  continually  renews  for 


196  General  Prayers. 

us  the  same  sacrifice  on  our  altars.  And  therefore, 
though  a  sinner,  yet  truly  penitent;  wretched,  and  yet 
rich  in  Jesus  Christ,  I  present  myself  before  Thee,  and 
with  the  fervor  of  all  the  saints  and  angels,  and  with 
the  ardent  love  of  the  immaculate  heart  of  Mary,  I  offer 
Thee,  in  the  name  of  all  creatures,  the  Masses  which  are 
now  being  said,  with  all  those  which  have  been  said,  and 
which  will  be  said  to  the  end  of  the  world.  I  also  desire 
to  renew  this  offering,  at  every  instant  of  this  day,  and 
of  my  whole  life,  in  order  to  give  Thy  infinite  majesty 
honor  and  glory  worthy  of  Thee;  to  appease  Thy  wrath, 
and  to  satisfy  Thy  justice  for  our  many  sins;  to  render 
Thee  thanks  in  keeping  with  Thy  benefits,  and  to  im 
plore  Thy  mercy  for  myself  and  for  all  sinners,  for  all 
the  faithful,  living  and  dead,  for  the  whole  Church,  and 
chiefly  for  its  visible  head,  the  Roman  Pontiff;  and 
lastly,  for  all  poor  schismatics,  heretics,  and  infidels,  that 
they  may  also  be  converted  and  saved. 

AN   OFFERING  TO  BE  MADE  DURING  THE  TIME  OF  MASS. 

^TERNAL  Father,  I  offer  Thee  the  sacrifice  which 
^l  Thy  beloved  Son,  Jesus,  made  of  Himself  on 
the  cross,  and  now  renews  on  this  altar.  I  offer  it  in 
the  name  of  all  creatures,  together  with  the  Masses  which 
have  been  said  and  which  will  be  said  throughout  the 
whole  world,  to  adore  Thee  and  to  give  Thee  honor 
which  Thou  deservest;  to  render  to  Thee  the  thanks 
which  are  due  Thee  for  Thy  numberless  benefits,  to 
appease  Thy  anger,  and  to  satisfy  for  our  many  sins; 
to  supplicate  Thee  for  myself,  for  the  Church,  for  the 
whole  world,  and  for  the  blessed  souls  in  purgatory. 

Indulgence  of  3  years,  once  a  day,  for  each  prayer;  plenary  indul 
gence,  once  a  month,  on  usual  conditions. — Pius  IX.,  April  n, 
*&6o.  The  S.  Congr.  of  Indulgences,  May  5,  1890,  declared  that 
priests  can  gain  the  indulgence  granted  for  the  above  offering  by 
sayiiit-  it  before  celebrating  Mass. 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  197 

AN   OFFERING. 

ASTERNAL  Father,  we  offer  Thee  the  blood,  the 
^-\  Passion,  and  the  death  of  Jesus  Christ,  the  sor 
rows  of  Mary  most  holy,  and  of  St.  Joseph,  in  satisfac 
tion  for  our  sins,  in  aid  of  the  holy  souls  in  purgatory, 
for  the  needs  of  holy  Mother  Church,  and  for  the  con 
version  of  sinners. 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  a  day.  —  Pius  IX.,  April  30,  1860. 


ot  Ibearincj 

©ffering  of  /Ifcass  and  Communion  on  Sun&ags— 


ROSTRATE  before  the  throne  of  Thy  divine 
Majesty,  O  my  God,  I  humbly  implore  Thy 
pardon  for  my  offences,  and  Thy  grace  that  I  may  be 
entirely  employed  in  praising  and  adoring  Thee.  O 
adorable  Trinity!  Father,  Son,  and  Holy  Ghost,  bless 
me.  O  Holy  Trinity,  Whose  throne  is  surrounded  by 
adoring  angels,  and  Whose  awful  presence  is  felt  by 
all  creatures,  the  work  of  Thy  omnipotent  hands,  dis 
dain  not  the  homage  of  my  heart,  which  I  desire  to  con 
secrate  entirely  to  Thy  service.  Thou  art  my  hope  and 
my  life;  what  can  I  desire  in  heaven,  or  what  can  I  seek 
on  earth,  but  Thee?  and  where  shall  I  so  surely  find 
Thee  as  on  this  altar  ?  I  offer  this  Mass  and  holy  com- 

*  Sunday,  in  honor  of  the  Holy  Trinity. 

Monday,  for  the  holy  souls  in  purgatory. 

Tuesday,  in  honor  of  the  holy  angels,  and  especially  the  Guar 
dian  Angel. 

Wednesday,  in  honor  of  St.  Joseph. 

Thursday,  in  honor  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament  and  the  Sacred 
Heart. 

Friday,  in  honor  of  the  Sacred  Passion  and  the  suffering  Heart 
of  Jesus. 

Saturday,  in  honor  of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary. 


198  Methods  of  Hearing  Mass. 

munion  in  thanksgiving  for  the  benefits  bestowed  upon 
me;  give  me  grace  to  be  ever  grateful  for  them,  and  to 
serve  Thee  faithfully  by  the  observance  of  my  vows, 
and  by  an  unreserved  consecration  of  myself  to  Thee. 

PRAYER  TO   THE   MOST   HOLY  TRINITY. 

/-OMNIPOTENCE  of  the  Father,  help  my  weakness, 
^-^  and  deliver  me  from  the  depth  of  misery. 

Wisdom  of  the  Son,  direct  all  my  thoughts,  words,  and 
actions. 

Love  of  the  Holy  Ghost,  be  thou  the  source  and  begin 
ning  of  all  the  operations  of  my  soul,  whereby  they  may 
be  always  conformable  to  the  divine  will. 

Indulgence  of  200  days,  once  a  day. — Leo  XIII.,  March  15, 

1890. 

B  /foetbofc  of  tearing  /Bass  on  SunDag. 

FROM   THE   BEGINNING   TO   THE   INTROIT. 

Make  acts  of  humility  and  contrition,  and  beg  grace  to 
assist  devoutly  and  with  profit  at  this  august  sacrifice. 

FROM   THE   INTROIT   TO    THE    ELEVATION. 

Follow  the  Ordinary  oj  the  Mass. 

FROM  THE  ELEVATION  TO  THE  PATER  NOSTER. 

Prostrate  in  spirit  before  God,  offer  Him,  in  thanks 
giving  for  all  the  benefits  bestowed  on  you,  the  merits  of 
His  divine  Son  in  this  august  sacrifice;  pray  for  the 
wants  of  the  Catholic  Church,  the  propagation  of  the 
true  faith,  for  the  Pope,  prelates,  and  clergy,  for  this  Com 
munity,  and  for  the  Institute  in  general. 

AT   THE  PATER   NOSTER. 

Repeat  devoutly  this  prayer — I  fie  prayer  of  Jesus  Christ 
Himself — make  acts  of  faith,  love,  and  confidence  in  your 
Lord  and  Saviour,  Who  wishes  to  come  into  your  heart, 
Vide  Mass  on  Thursday. 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  199 

AT  THE  AGNUS  DEI. 

OLAMB  of  God,  Who  takest  away  the  sins  of  the 
world,  take  away  my  sins,  cleanse  my  soul  from 
every  imperfection.  I  am  unworthy  to  receive  Thee. 
Come,  O  Lord,  and  prepare  my  heart  for  Thyself.  My 
God  and  my  all,  what  have  I  but  Thee  ?  Satisfy  the  desire 
of  my  heart:  come  to  me  and  make  me  entirely  Thine. 
Make  an  act  0}  sincere  contrition,  renew  your  offering 
and  intentions.  Renew  your  vows,  and  then  keep  your 
self  in  profound  recollection,  wailing  to  receive  into  your 
heart  your  Lord  and  your  God.  Vide  Devotions  for 
Communion,  and  in  honor  of  the  Holy  Trinity. 

Offering  of  fihzse  and  Communion  on  /iRon&aE— Cbe 
tbolg  Souls  in  purgatory. 

GOD!  what  victim  can  better  appease  Thy  jus- 
tice  than  that  which  we  are  going  to  offer  in  this 
unbloody  sacrifice  of  the  cross?  As  that  divine  obla 
tion  disarmed  Thy  wrath,  and  induced  Thee  to  revoke 
the  sentence  of  condemnation  pronounced  against  man 
kind,  so,  mercifully  grant  that  this  adorable  sacrifice 
may  be  accepted  by  Thee  as  an  atonement  for  those 
souls  for  whom  we  offer  it,  that,  being  released  from 
their  prison,  they  may  be  received  into  Thy  kingdom,  and 
through  the  merits  of  Jesus  Christ,  pass  into  eternal  joys. 

O  bountiful  Jesus,  Who  art  the  propitiation  for  the 
living  and  the  dead,  what  thanks  are  due  to  Thee  for 
having  left  us  this  divine  sacrifice,  and  for  having  ren 
dered  it  available  to  the  souls  of  the  faithful  departed! 
Mercifully  grant  that  they  for  whom  we  offer  it  this  day 
.  .  .  being  released  from  suffering,  may  advocate  for 
us  in  heaven,  as  we  advocate  for  them  on  earth. 

Let  Thy  mercy,  O  Lord!  which  Thou  delightest  to 
exercise,  be  applied  to  ...  whose  greatest  torment  is 
to  be  deprived  of  Thy  sweet  and  adorable  presence. 


200  Methods  of  Hearing  Mass. 

Jesus  Christ,  a  willing  victim  on  this  new  Calvary,  pleads 
powerfully  for  the  remission  of  every  stain  that  now  sep 
arates  them  from  Thee. 


of  Ibearlng  /foass  on  /nbonoag. 

Vide  "  Mass  for   the   Poor  Souls,"  and   "  Requiem 

Mass,"  at  the  end  of  the  "Office  for  the  Dead." 

Offering  of  /Hbass  ano  Communion  on  Guesfcag—  Gbe 
1bolg  Bngels. 


MY  God,  being  wholly  incapable  of  rendering 
Thee  the  thanks  I  owe,  I  offer  Thee  the  ardent 
love  and  perpetual  praise  of  Thy  glorious  host  of  angels^ 
the  profound  adorations  of  Thy  saints,  especiaD.y^thfe 
pure  and  fervent  love  of  the  ever  blessed  Virgin,  the 
Queen  of  angels  and  saints,  begging  that  Thou  wilt  be 
pleased  to  receive  them  in  acknowledgment  of  all  Thy 
infinite  mercies  to  rne.  I  offer  this  Mass  and  commun 
ion  for  the  conversion  of  negligent  Catholics,  especially 
...  I  offer  it  to  obtain  for  myself,  through  the  special 
intercession  of  my  angel  guardian,  the  spirit  of  interior 
recollection,  fidelity  to  grace,  and  union  with  God,  a  pro 
found  humility,  and  sincere  and  heartfelt  contrition.  I 
also  offer  this  Mass  and  communion  to  beg,  O  my  God, 
that  Thou  wilt  bestow  upon  all  priests,  especially  . 
Thy  spirit,  and  make  them  apostolic  men,  and  true  and 
faithful  laborers  in  Thy  vineyard.  Behold  me,  O  my 
God,  prostrate  before  Thee,  begging  that,  together  with 
the  sacrifice  of  Thy  divine  Son,  Thou  wilt  be  pleased  to 
accept  of  my  unworthy  self,  and  the  promises  I  made  at 
my  profession,  which  I  now  renew.  O  Mary,  my  Mother, 
have  compassion  on  me,  and  obtain  for  me,  from  thy 
divine  Son,  what  you  see  I  want  most,  in  order  to  render 
me  agreeable  in  His  sight. 

O  all  ye  holy  angels  and  saints  of  God,  intercede  for 


me. 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  201 


of  fjearfng  /Hbass  on  CuesDag. 

FROM  THE  BEGINNING   TO   THE   OFFERTORY. 

"Recite  in  sentiments  of  contrition  and  confidence  in  God, 
the  psalm  "Miserere." 

AT   THE  OFFERTORY. 

Lord  and  my  God,  permit  me  to  offer  Thee  my 
soul  and  body  with  the  bread  and  wine  which 
are  offered  Thee  by  the  priest,  to  the  end  that  they  may 
be  changed  into  the  body  and  blood  of  Thy  divine  Son. 
Oh!  so  let  me  be  changed  into  the  semblance  of  Him. 
All  is  pure  in  Him,  and  all  is  profane  in  me.  It  was  to 
reform  what  the  malice  of  the  devil  and  sin  had  defaced 
of  Thy  image,  that  my  Saviour  immolated  Himself  on 
the  cross,  and  it  is  for  that  He  now  sacrifices  Himself  on 
this  altar.  Oh!  repair  in  me  His  image  by  that  precious 
blood  which  flowed  from  His  sacred  wounds,  and  which 
will  soon  flow  on  this  altar.  Take  away  from  me  the  per 
verse  inclinations  which  lead  me  into  sin,  change  my 
tepidity  into  fervor,  take  possession  of  me,  O  my  God, 
and  make  me  wholly  Thine.  Imprint  on  my  memory 
the  remembrance  of  Thy  divine  presence,  in  my  under 
standing  the  knowledge  of  Thy  divine  perfections,  and 
in  my  heart  Thy  love;  destroy  in  me  whatever  may  dis 
pute  Thy  right  over  me,  and  crown  all  Thy  mercies 
to  me  by  giving  me  that  humble  and  contrite  heart, 
which  is  the  offering  Thou  desirest  above  all  to  receive 
from  Thy  creatures. 

AFTER   THE   ELEVATION. 

f\  VICTIM  of  Salvation!  Eternal  King!  Incar- 
^-^  nate  Word!  sacrificed  for  me  and  all  mankind! 
O  precious  body  of  the  Son  of  God!  O  sacred  flesh, 
torn  with  nails,  pierced  with  a  lance,  and  bleeding  on  a 
cross  for  me!  O  infinite  Good!  O  exceeding  Love!  let 
that  tender  love  plead  now  in  my  behalf;  let  all  my 


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iniquities  be  here  effaced,  and  my  name  be  written  in 
the  book  of  life.  I  believe  in  Thee,  I  hope  in  Thee,  I 
love  Thee.  To  Thee  be  honor,  praise,  and  glory  for 
ever  and  ever.  O  sacred  blood  flowing  from  the  wounds 
of  Jesus  Christ,  and  washing  away  the  sins  of  the  world ! 
cleanse,  sanctify,  and  preserve  my  soul,  that  nothing 
may  ever  separate  me  from  Thee.  Behold,  O  eternal 
Father,  Thy  only-begotten  Son !  look  on  the  face  of  Thy 
Christ,  in  Whom  Thou  art  well  pleased;  hear  the  voice 
of  His  blood,  which  calls  to  Thee  for  mercy  and  pardon. 
Oh!  let  it  plead  powerfully  in  our  behalf;  let  it  blot  out 
my  sins,  cleanse  every  stain  from  my  soul,  and  render 
me  pure  and  pleasing  in  Thy  sight. 

AT  THE  AGNUS   DEI. 

ETERNAL  Father,  behold  here  Thy  divine  Son, 
and  for  His  sake  look  upon  me,  whom  He 
has  redeemed  with  His  precious  blood,  since  together 
with  Him  I  consecrate  myself  to  Thee,  to  be  disposed 
of  as  Thou  shalt  please  for  time  and  eternity. 

AT  THE   COMMUNION. 

aOME,  dear  Jesus,  into  my  heart;  it  is  by  Thee 
alone  that  I  can  worthily  acknowledge  God's 
infinite  mercies  to  me.  O  love,  immense  and  infinite, 
thaw  the  icy  coldness  of  my  heart,  soften  it,  that  Thou 
mayest  no  longer  find  in  it  any  resistance  to  Thy  inspi 
rations.  I  consecrate  to  Thee  my  soul,  my  life,  and  all 
that  I  am.  O  sweet  Saviour!  unite  me  to  Thyself,  that 
I  may  be  one  with  Thee  by  grace  and  a  perfect  con 
formity  of  will;  and  by  the  efficacy  of  Thy  presence  in 
my  heart,  increase  my  faith,  strengthen  my  hope,  and 
inflame  my  heart  with  Thy  love,  that  it  may  pant  only 
for  Thee,  and  live  for  Thee  alone. 

Make  an  act  of  sincere  contrition,  renew  your  vows, 
and,  with  humble  reverence,  invite  Jesus  into  your  heart 
by  fervent  aspirations.  Vide  Devotions  In  honor  of  the 
Angels. 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  203 


©fferfng  of  /Bbasg  ano  Communion  on 
St.  5o0epb. 

O  DIVINE  Jesus!  Lamb  without  spot,  Whose  pre 
cious  blood  was  shed  for  the  redemption  of  man 
kind,  I  adore  Thee  in  the  mystery  of  faith  and  love,  in 
which,  by  Thy  exceeding  great  mercy,  Thou  dost  daily 
renew  the  sacrifice  of  Thyself  for  man.  Deign  to  destroy 
in  me  all  that  is  displeasing  to  Thy  pure  eyes,  in  order 
that  I  may  be  as  a  living  holocaust,  pleasing  and  accept 
able  before  the  throne  of  Thy  love. 

O  Mary,  I  have  recourse  to  thee  in  this  happy  moment; 
pray  for  me,  that  my  heart  may  be  penetrated  with  pro 
found  humility,  lively  faith,  and  ardent  lo^e  during  the 
celebration  of  this  august  sacrifice. 

O  glorious  St.  Joseph,  first  adorer,  after  Mary,  of  the 
sacred  humanity  of  my  Saviour,  to  you  do  I  confide  my 
friends  and  benefactors,  and  those  for  whom  I  promise 
to  pray,  especially  .  .  .  Obtain  for  them  all  the  graces 
you  know  to  be  necessary  for  them;  take  under  your 
protection  the  temporal  interests  of  this  Institute  ;  obtain 
for  its  Superiors,  wisdom  and  justice  in  the  discharge  of 
their  authority,  and  obtain  for  me,  O  holy  St.  Joseph, 
a  perfect  spirit  of  poverty,  chastity,  and  obedience,  and 
a  happy  death. 


of  bearing  flfcass  on 

FROM  THE   BEGINNING   TO   THE   GOSPEL. 

Employ  yourself  in  making  acts  of  contrition  for  your 
many  sins  committed  against  God,  considered  as  your  God, 
your  King,  and  your  Father.  Vide  "  Mass  for  Religious." 


AT   THE   OFFERTORY. 


MY    God,  considering   the  infinite    merits  of   the 
Victim  that  will  be  offered  to  Thee,  I  hope  that 
Thou  wilt  look  with  pity  and  compassion  on  me.     O 


204  Methods  of  Hearing  Mass. 

blessed  be  this  hour  in  which  Thou,  O  divine  Jesus, 
art  going  to  offer  Thyself  to  Thy  eternal  Father  for 
my  salvation.  O  my  God,  receive  this  holy  sacrifice,  in 
which  Thy  divine  Son  offers  Himself,  and  is  offered  by 
the  priest,  to  render  Thee  due  homage  and  worthy 
thanks  for  all  Thy  benefits.  Receive  here  also  the  entire 
sacrifice  which  I  make  of  myself,  of  my  body,  of  my  soul, 
and  of  all  that  I  am,  which  I  unite  with  that  of  Thy 
divine  Son.  For  His  sake  receive  me,  together  with  the 
promises  I  made  at  my  holy  profession. 

AT   THE   ELEVATION. 

ADORE  Thee,  O  Victim  of  propitiation,  Who  hast 
been  sacrificed  for  my  salvation.  Humbled  at 
Thy  feet  I  implore  Thy  mercy.  Thou  hast  shed  Thy 
blood  to  blot  out  my  iniquitif  3;  purify  my  soul  still 
more  from  its  stains.  O  infinite  Goodness,  do  not 
abandon  me.  Sacred  hands,  which  have  formed  me,  do 
not  destroy  me.  Sacred  feet,  which  have  been  fatigued 
running  after  the  dispersed  children  of  Israel,  be  my 
asylum  and  refuge.  Heart,  ever  filled  with  compassion 
for  sinners,  receive  me.  C  Jesus,  my  beloved,  for  me 
Thou  hast  died,  for  Thee  I  desire  to  live — for  Thee  alone. 
Jesus,  my  Lord,  my  God,  and  my  all !  Thou  wert  cruci 
fied  and  didst  die  for  love  of  me;  oh,  grant  that  I  may 
be  truly  crucified  in  spirit  and  die  to  self  for  love  of 
Thee. 

AT  THE   AGNUS   DEI. 

DIVINE  Lamb,  Who  earnest  to  take  away  the 
sins  of  the  world,  let  me  not  be  excluded  from  a 
share  in  Thy  universal  mercies!  Cleanse  my  soul;  purify 
it  in  the  bath  of  Thy  precious  blood;  adorn  it,  I  beseech 
Thee,  with  those  virtues  which  will  render  me  less  un 
worthy  to  participate  in  the  food  of  angels.  "As  the 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  205 

hart  panteth  after  fountains  of  water,  so  my  soul  panteth 
after  Thee,  O  God  !" 

0  amiable  Virgin!  thou,  who  art  by  excellence  blessed 
among  women,   show  thyself  now  my  tender  Mother 
and  powerful  advocate. 

Angels  and  saints,  bless  the  Lord,  and  intercede  for  me. 

1  adore  Thee  at  every  moment,  O  living  Bread  of 
heaven,   Most    August    Sacrament.     O   Jesus,  beloved 
Son  of  the  Virgin  Mary,  I  pray  Thee  to  bless  my  soul. 

To  Thee  I  consecrate  my  heart,  O  most  blessed  Jesu? 
my  dear  Saviour.  Mayest  Thou  be  known,  adored,  anc3 
loved  by  all,  and  may  thanks  be  continually  given  to 
Thee  in  the  Most  Holy  and  Most  August  Sacrament 
Amen. 

Jesus,  most  merciful;  Jesus,  meek  and  humble  of 
Heart,  forgive  us  our  sins;  give  Thy  peace  to  our  souls 
remember  us  in  Thy  kingdom. 

Mary  and  Joseph,  pray  for  us  this  hour  and  at  the 
hour  of  our  death. 

Make  an  act  0}  contrition,  a  renewal  o]  vows,  and  wait 
in  humble  adoration  the  coming  0}  Jesus. 

©ffevtng  of  Mass  an&  Communion  on  Gbureoag—  ttbe 
Sacrament  anJ>  tbe  Sacrefc  Tbcart. 


"T*  COME,  O  my  God,  into  Thy  sanctuary,  to  seek 
»-*-«  the  food  and  life  of  my  soul.  By  the  hope  Thou 
commandest  me  to  have  in  Thee,  inspire  me  with  con 
fidence  to  approach  Thy  holy  mountain;  permit  me, 
divine  Jesus,  to  ascend  this  new  Calvary  with  Thee, 
that  my  whole  soul  may  do  homage  to  Thy  Majesty; 
that  my  heart,  with  its  tenderest  affections,  may 
acknowledge  Thy  infinite  love;  that  my  memory  may 
dwell  on  the  admirable  mysteries  here  renewed;  and 
that  the  sacrifice  of  my  whole  being  may  accom 
pany  them.  Alas!  I  am  unworthy  to  join  with  Thy 
minister  in  adoring  Thee;  but  do  Thou  Thyself  assist 


206  Methods  of  Hearing  Mass. 

me,  and  purify  my  heart  and  mind,  that  I  may  be  en 
tirely  employed  and  occupied  about  Thee  during  this 
holy  sacrifice.  O  Jesus,  humbly  prostrate  before  Thee, 
I  adore  Thee  and  offer  Thee  the  holy  sacrifice  at  which 
I  am  going  to  assist,  in  order  to  make  atonement  for  the 
many  outrages  which  Thy  divine  Heart  daily  receives 
in  the  Most  Blessed  Sacrament  of  the  altar.  I  beseech 
Thee  to  inflame  my  heart  with  a  most  ardent  love  of 
Thee;  make  me  one  with  Thee;  totally  transform  and 
change  me  into  Thyself;  may  nothing  in  life  or  death 
ever  separate  me  from  Thee. 


flftetboO  of  bearing  /Dbass  on 

FROM   THE   BEGINNING   TO   THE   INTROIT. 

Make  acts  of  contrition,  humility,  and  confidence. 

AT    THE    INTROIT. 

OMY  God,  strengthen  me  by  Thy  grace,  that  I  may 
worthily  approach  Thy  altar  and  participate  in 
the  sacred  mysteries.  Create  in  me,  O  Lord,  a  clean 
heart,  and  renew  a  right  spirit  within  me.  Thou  art 
worthy,  O  my  almighty  Creator,  of  an  infinite  homage, 
which  my  extreme  misery  and  poverty  render  me  inca 
pable  of  offering;  yet  I  am  not  destitute,  for  Jesus,  Thy 
beloved  Son,  by  His  profound  adorations  and  incompre 
hensible  humiliations,  more  than  supplies  for  my  defi 
ciencies.  O  permit  me  by  Him  and  with  Him  to  pros 
trate  and  humble  myself  before  Thy  supreme  Majesty. 
I  adore  Thee  with  the  adorations  of  my  divine  Saviour, 
the  only  Victim  worthy  of  Thyself,  and  I  rejoice  in  seeing 
Thee  thus  worthily  and  perfectly  honored.  I  offer  this 
Mass  and  holy  communion  in  honor  of  the  adorable 
Sacrament,  in  reparation  for  all  sacrilegious  commun 
ions,  for  Religious,  for  priests,  for  those  under  my  care, 
and  to  implore  for  myself  the  spirit  of  patience,  self- 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass,  207 

denial,  and  entire  resignation,  charity,  and  unbounded 
confidence  in  my  Lord  and  God. 

AT   THE   OFFERTORY. 

/~\  JESUS!  Thou  hast  loved  me  so  tenderly  as  to 
^-^  leave  me  Thy  Heart  in  the  Eucharist,  and  this 
Heart  so  full  of  mercy  and  of  love  is  outraged  and  pierced 
incessantly  by  my  ingratitude;  but  Thou  wilt  forgive 
my  sins.  Oh!  yes,  I  conjure  Thee,  save  my  soul,  which 
Thou  hast  redeemed  with  Thy  precious  blood,  cleanse 
me  from  every  stain.  I  long  to  be  restored  to  Thy  grace 
and  favor.  O  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  inflamed  with  love 
of  me,  inflame  my  heart  with  love  of  Thee!  I  dedicate 
myself  to  Thee  for  ever — my  tongue  to  proclaim  Thy 
favors;  my  mind  to  think  of  Thee,  my  only  Good;  my 
will  to  desire  Thee;  and  my  heart  to  love  Thee  alone. 
I  offer  Thee  the  sacrifice  of  my  existence  when  it  may 
please  Thee  to  call  for  it,  only  asking  that  I  may  breathe 
my  last  sigh  in  Thy  Sacred  Heart.  I  offer  Thee,  my 
God,  all  that  I  have  and  all  that  I  am,  a  miserable  sac 
rifice,  but  such  as  it  is,  I  unite  it  to  the  great  oblation  of 
my  divine  Saviour,  in  union  with  Whose  precious  blood 
and  merits  I  dare  hope  Thou  wilt  accept  my  offering. 

AT   THE   PREFACE. 

O  DIVINE  Jesus!  grant  me  a  share  in  Thy  zeal 
for  Thy  Father's  glory,  that,  in  union  with  the 
dominations,  principalities,  and  the  whole  hierarchy 
of  angels,  I  may  anticipate  in  my  exile  the  ever  new 
canticle  which  they  incessantly  sing  in  the  abode  of  bliss: 
Holy,  thrice  holy,  infinitely  holy,  is  the  Lord  God  of 
hosts!  the  heavens  and  the  earth  are  full  of  His  glory; 
but  His  mercies  have  been  exalted  above  all  His  works, 
since  Thou,  O  divine  Jesus!  hast  descended  from  His 
bosom  and  come  in  His  name  to  dwell  in  this  valley  of 
tears;  nay,  more,  to  dwell  in  unworthy  hearts. 


208  Methods  of  Hearing  Mass, 

AT   THE    ELEVATION. 

ADORE  Thee  at  every  moment,  O  living  Bread 
of  heaven,  great  Sacrament!  O  Jesus!  beloved 
Son  of  the  Virgin  Mary,  I  pray  Thee  to  bless  my  soul; 
to  Thee  I  consecrate  my  heart,  O  most  blessed  Jesus! 
my  dear  Saviour.  Mayest  Thou  be  known,  adored, 
and  loved  by  all,  and  may  thanks  be  continually  given 
to  Thee  in  the  Most  Holy  and  Most  August  Sacrament. 

OH!  see  upon  the  altar  placed 
The  Victim  of  the  greatest  love! 
Let  all  the  earth  below  adore, 

And  join  the  choirs  of  heaven  above. 
Sweet  Sacrament,  we  Thee  adore; 
Oh!  make  us  love  Thee  more  and  more. 

O  Sacrament  most  holy,  O  Sacrament  divine, 
All  praise  and  all  thanksgiving  be  every  moment  Thine! 
Glory  be  to  the  blood  of  Jesus,  now  and  for  ever,  and 
throughout  all  ages.     Amen. 

IN   PREPARATION   FOR   HOLY   COMMUNION. 

IDORAMUS  te,  Christe,  V/||'E  adore  Thee,  Christ, 

et  benedicimus  tibi.  vxA*     and  we  bless  Thee. 
Quia  per  sanctam  crucem         Because  by  Thy  holy  cross 

tuam  redemisti  mundum.  Thou  hast  redeemed  the  world. 

ADORE  Thee,  eternal  Father,  and  I  give  Thee 
thanks  for  the  infinite  love  with  which  Thou  didst 
deign  to  send  Thy  only -begotten  Son  to  redeem  me, 
and  to  become  the  food  of  my  soul.  I  offer  Thee  all 
the  acts  of  adoration  and  thanksgiving  that  are  offered 
to  Thee  by  the  angels  and  saints  in  heaven  and  by  the 
just  on  earth.  I  praise,  love,  and  thank  Thee  with  all 
the  praise,  love,  and  thanksgiving  that  are  offered  to 
Thee  by  Thine  own  Son  in  the  Blessed  Sacrament; 
and  I  beg  Thee  to  grant  that  He  may  be  known,  loved, 
honored,  praised,  and  worthily  received  by  all  in  this 
Most  Divine  Sacrament. 

Our  Father,  Hail  Mary,  Glory  be  to  the  Father,  ete. 


JEC 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  209 

I  ADORE  Thee,  eternal  Son,  and  I  thank  Thee  for 
the  infinite  love  which  caused  Thee  to  become 
man  for  me,  to  be  born  in  a  stable,  to  live  in  poverty,  to 
suffer  hunger,  thirst,  heat,  cold,  fatigue,  hardships,  con 
tempt,  persecutions,  the  scourging,  the  crowning  with 
thorns,  and  a  cruel  death  upon  the  hard  wood  of  the 
cross.  I  thank  Thee  with  the  Church  militant  and 
triumphant  for  the  infinite  love  with  which  Thou  didst 
institute  the  Most  Blessed  Sacrament  to  be  the  food  of 
my  soul.- 

I  adore  Thee  in  all  the  consecrated  Hosts  throughout 
the  whole  world,  and  I  return  thanks  for  those  who  know 
Thee  not  and  do  not  thank  Thee.  Would  that  I  were 
able  to  give  my  life  to  make  Thee  known,  loved,  and 
honored  by  all  in  this  Sacrament  of  love,  and  to  pre 
vent  the  irreverences  and  sacrileges  that  are  committed 
against  Thee!  I  love  Thee,  divine  Jesus,  and  I  desire  to 
receive  Thee  with  all  the  purity,  love,  and  affection  of 
Thy  blessed  Mother,  and  with  the  love  and  affection  of 
Thy  own  moot  pure  Heart.  Grant,  O  most  amiable 
Spouse  of  my  soul,  in  coming  to  me  in  this  Most  Holy 
Sacrament,  that  I  may  receive  all  the  graces  and  bless 
ings  which  Thou  dost  come  to  bestow  on  us,  and  let 
me  rather  die  than  receive  Thee  unworthily. 

Our  Father,  Hail  Mary,  Glory  be  to  the  Father,  etc. 

I  ADORE  Thee,  eternal  Holy  Ghost,  and  I  give  Thee 
thanks  for  the  infinite  love  with  which  Thou  didst 
work  the  ineffable  mystery  of  the  Incarnation,  and  for 
the  infinite  love  with  which  Thou  didst  form  the  sacred 
body  of  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ  out  of  the  most  pure 
blood  of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  to  become  in  this 
Sacrament  the  food  of  my  soul.  I  beg  Thee  to  enlighten 
my  mind,  and  to  purify  my  heart  and  the  hearts  of  all 
men,  that  all  may  know  the  benefit  of  Thy  love,  and 
receive  worthily  this  Most  Blessed  Sacrament. 

Our  Father,  Hail  Mary,  Glory  be  to  the  Father,  etc. 


210 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass. 


ergo 

mentum, 
Veneremur,  cernui; 


OWN  in  adoration  fall 
ing, 


Lo!    the   sacred   Host   we 

hail; 
Lo!    o'er  ancient  forms  de 

parting, 
Newer  rites  of  grace  pre 

vail; 

Praestet  fides  supplementum,     Faith  for  all  defects  supply 

ing, 


Et  antiquum  documentum, 
Novo  cedat  ritui; 


Sensuum  defectui. 


Genitori  Genitoque, 
Laus  et  jubilatio, 

Salus,  honor,  virtus  quoque 

Sit  et  benedictio, 
Procedenti  ab  utroque, 
Compar  sit  laudatio. 
Amen. 


Where    the    feeble    senses 
fail.      . 

To  the  everlasting  Father, 
And  the  Son  Who  reigns  on 

high, 

With   the    Holy   Ghost   pro 
ceeding 

Forth  from  each  eternally, 
Be  salvation,  honor,  blessing, 
Might  and  endless  majesty. 
Amen. 


V.  Panem    de    ccelo    prae-         V.  Thou  gavest  them  bread 
stitisti  eis.  from  heaven. 

R.  Omne    delectamentum         R.  And  therein  was  sweet- 


in  se  habentem. 


ness  of  every  kind. 


Oremus. 

,  qui  nobis,  sub  sac- 
ramento  mirabili,  pas- 
sionis  tuae  memoriam  reliqui- 
sti :  tribue,  quaesumus,  ita  nos 
corporis  et  sanguinis  tui  sacra 
mysteria  venerari,  ut  redemp- 
tionis  tuae  fructum  in  nobis 
jugiter  sentiamus.  Qui  vivis 
et  regnas,  etc. 


Let  us  pray. 

'D,  Who,  beneath  thi.c 
marvelous  sacrament, 
hast  left  us  a  memorial  of 
Thy  Passion:  grant  us,  we 
beseech  Thee,  so  to  venerate 
the  sacred  mysteries  of  Thy 
body  and  blood,  that  we  may 
ever  feel  within  us  the  fruit  of 
Thy  redemption,  Who  livest 
and  reignest,  etc. 


Indulgence  of  100  days. — Pius  VII.,  Aug.  24,  1818. 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  211 

AGNUS   DEI   AND   COMMUNION. 

INNOCENT  Lamb  of  God  Who  takest  away 
the  sins  of  the  world,  take  away  mine,  I  beseech 
Thee ;  efface  them  by  Thy  great  mercy ;  purify  my  soul 
in  the  streams  of  Thy  precious  blood.  O  Prince  of 
peace,  give  me  that  peace  which  the  world  can  not  give, 
that  peace  which  is  found  in  Thy  love,  that  peace  which 
neither  earth  nor  hell  can  deprive  me  of,  unless  I  forfeit 
it  by  sin.  O  grant  me  the  peace  of  Thy  grace  here,  and 
eternal  peace  hereafter.  Amen. 

PRAYER. 

BEE  where  Thy  boundless  love  has  reached,  my 
loving  Jesus!  Thou,  of  Thy  flesh  and  precious 
blood,  hast  made  ready  for  me  a  banquet  whereby  to  give 
me  all  Thyself.  Who  drove  Thee  to  this  excess  of  love 
for  me?  Thy  Heart,  Thy  loving  Heart.  O  adorable 
Heart  of  Jesus,  burning  furnace  of  divine  love!  within 
Thy  sacred  wound  take  Thou  my  soul;  in  order  that, 
in  that  school  of  charity,  I  may  learn  to  love  that  God 
Who  has  given  me  such  wondrous  proofs  of  His  great 
love.  Amen. 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  a  day. — Pius  VII.,  Feb.  9,  1818. 

Make  an  act  of  ^contrition,  a  renewal  of  vows,  and 
invite  your  Lord  into  your  heart  by  fervent  aspirations. 

AFTER  HOLY  COMMUNION. 

Faith  and  Adoration. 

/TVY  Lord  Jesus  Christ!  Thou  dost  now  dwell  within 
''•'•  me.  Thou  art  mine  and  I  am  all  Thine.  I 
adore  Thee  with  the  angels  and  saints  of  heaven.  Thou 
art  my  King;  reign  Thou  alone  in  me;  defend  me 
against  the  evil  spirits  and  the  temptations  of  the  world, 
that  I  may  serve  Thee  and  love  Thee  faithfully  and 
never  be  separated  from  Thee  and  Thy  sweet  dominion 
over  me. 


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Thanksgiving. 

/T\Y  Lord  Jesus  Christ!  I  thank  Thee  for  the  grace 
M^  which  Thou  hast  bestowed  upon  me  to-day  of 
coming  to  dwell  within  me  and  of  nourishing  me  with 
Thy  sacred  body  and  precious  blood. 

Saints  and  angels!  in  my  unworthiness  I  call  upon 
you  to  give  thanks  to  God  for  His  great  goodness  and 
mercy,  and  to  praise  becomingly  His  holy  name.  "What 
shall  I  render  to  the  Lord  for  all  the  things  that  He  hath 
rendered  to  me?"  (Ps.  cxv.  12.) 

Love. 

/T\Y  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  how  great  is  Thy  love!  I 
^"^  now  return  Thee  love  for  love,  according  to  my 
ability.  I  repent  with  my  whole  heart  of  all  my  offences 
against  Thee,  because  Thou  art  infinitely  good  and  deserv 
ing  of  all  my  love.  I  desire  to  love  Thee  more  and  more, 
and  I  will  avoid  everything  that  is  displeasing  to  Thee. 

Prayer  of  St.  Ignatius. 

f£?  AKE,  O  Lord,  and  receive  all  my  liberty,  my  memory, 
^-'  my  understanding,  and  my  whole  will.  Thou  hast 
given  me  all  that  I  am  and  all  that  I  possess ;  I  surrender 
it  all  to  Thee  that  Thou  mayest  dispose  of  it  according 
to  Thy  will.  Give  me  only  Thy  15ve  and  Thy  grace; 
with  these  I  will  be  rich  enough,  and  will  have  no  more 
to  desire. 

Indulgence  of  300  days  once  a  day. — Pope  Leo  XIII.,  May 
26,  1883. 

Petitions. 

Pray  for  the  Holy  Father's  intentions,  for  the  Catholic 
Church,  for  the  conversion  of  sinners,  for  the  holy,  suffer 
ing  souls  in  purgatory,  for  your  Community,  for  the 
Religious  Orders,  for  your  special  necessities,  for  your 
country,  for  your  relatives  and  benefactors,  and  for  all  who 
have  asked  you  to  pray  far  them.  Vide  "  Mass  for  Com 
munion  days  "  and  "  Devotions  for  Holy  Communion." 


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INDULGENCED    PRAYER    BEFORE    A   CRUCIFIX. 

OOK  down  upon  me,  good  and  gentle 
Jesus,  while  before  Thy  face  I  hum- 
*bly  kneel,  and  with  burning  soul  pray  and 
beseech  Thee  to  fix  deep  in  my  heart  lively 
sentiments  of  faith,  hope,  and  charity,  true 
contrition  for  my  sins,  and  a  firm  purpose  of 
amendment;  and  while  I  contemplate  with 
great  love  and  tender  pity  Thy  five  wounds, 
pondering  over  them  within  me,  and  calling  to 
mind  the  words  which  David  Thy  prophet -said  of  Thee, 
my  Jesus:  "They  pierced* my  hands  and  my  feet;  they 
numbered  all  my  bones."  (Ps.  xxi.  17,  18.) 

A  plenary  indulgence,  which  can  be  applied  to  the  souls  in 
purgatory,  may  be  gained  by  the  faithful  who,  after  having  con 
fessed  their  sins  with  sorrow7  and  received  holy  communion,  shall 
devoutly  recite  the  above  prayer  before  an  image  or  picture  of 
Christ  crucified,  and  pray  for  the  intentions  of  the  Holy  Father. — 
Pius  IX.,  July  31,  1858. 

INVOCATIONS. 

'IMA  Christi,  sancti- 
fica  me. 

Corpus  Christi,  salva  me. 
Sanguis  Christi,  inebria  me. 
Aqua  lateris  Christi,  lava  me. 

Passio  Christi,  conforta  me. 

O  bone  Jesu,  exaudi  me. 
Intra   tua   vulnera   absconde 

me. 
Ne  permittas  me  separari  a  te. 

Ab  hoste  maligno  defende  me. 
In  hora  mortis  meas  voca  me, 
£t  jube  me  venire  ad  te, 


of  Christ,    sanctify 
me: 

Body  of  Christ,  save  me: 
Blood  of  Christv  inebriate  me: 
Water  from  the  side  of  Christ, 

wash  me. 
Passion  of  Christ,  strengthen 

me: 

O  good  Jesus,  hear  me: 
Within  Thy  wounds  hide  me: 

Permit  me  not  to  be  separated 

from  Thee. 
From   the   malignant   enemy 

defend  me: 
In  the  hour  of  my  death  call 

me, 
And  bid  me  come  to  Thee, 


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Ut  cum  sanctis  tuis  laudem  te      That,  with  Thy  saints,  I  may 

praise  Thee 
In  saecula  saeculorum.  For  ever  and  ever. 

Amen.  Amen. 

Indulgence  of  300  days,  every  time. — Pius  IX.,  Jan.  9,  1854. 

PRAYER:  o  JESUS,  LIVING  IN  MARY. 


OJESU,  vivens  in  Maria, 
veni  et  vive  in  famulis 
tuis,  in  spiritu  sanctitatis  tuae, 
in  plenitudine  virtutis  tuae,  in 
veritate  virtutum  tuarum,  in 
perfectione  viarum  tuarum,  in 
communione  mysteriorum  tu- 
orum,  dominare  omni  adver- 
sae  potestati,  in  spiritu  tuo  ad 
gloriam  Patris.  Amen. 

Indulgence  of  300  days,  once 


O  JESUS,  living  in  Mary! 
come  and  live  in  Thy 
servants,  in  the  spirit  of  Thy 
holiness,  in  the  fulness  of  Thy 
might,  in  the  truth  of  Thy  vir 
tues,  in  the  perfection  of  Thy 
ways,  in  the  communion  of 
Thy  mysteries;  subdue  every 
hostile  power,  in  Thy  spirit 
for  the  glory  of  the  Father. 
Amen, 
a  day.— Pius  IX..  Oct.  14,  1859. 


PRAYER:  o  MOST  COMPASSIONATE  JESUS. 


OLEMENTISSIME 
Jesu,  salus,  vita,  resur"- 
rectio  nostra  tu  solus  es.  Te 
ergo  quaesumus  ne  derelin- 
quas  nos  in  angustiis  et  per- 
turbationibus  nostris,  sed  per 
agoniam  cordis  tui  sanctis- 
simi  et  per  dolores  matris 
tuae  immaculat;e  tuis  famulis 
subveni,  quos  pretioso  san 
guine  redemisti. 


Indulgence  of  100  days,  once 


OMOST  compassionate 
Jesus!  Thou  alone  art 
our  salvation,  our  life,  and 
our  resurrection.  We  im 
plore  Thee,  therefore,  do  not 
forsake  us  in  our  needs  and 
afflictions,  but,  by  the  agony 
of  Thy  most  Sacred  Heart, 
and  by  the  sorrows  of  Thy 
immaculate  Mother,  succor 
Thy  servants  whom  Thou 
hast  redeemed  by  Thy  most 
precious  blood. 
a  day.— Pius  IX.,  Oct.  6,  1870. 


©ttering  of  flfcass  ano  Communion  on  ffrioag— Cbe 
paseton  ano  tbe  Sacred  Ibeart  of  3-esus. 

DIVINE    Jesus!    sacred    Victim,    immolated    for 
the  redemption  of  mankind,  I   earnestly   beseech 


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Thee  that  I  may  assist  at  this  adorable  sacrifice  with  the 
most  lively  faith,  animated  hope,  unbounded  gratitude, 
and  tender  love;  permit  me  to  follow  Thee  in  spirit 
through  the  different  stages  of  Thy  sacred  Passion,  and 
give  me  an  abundant  share  of  that  infinite  charity  which 
induced  Thee  to  suffer  such  excessive  torments  for  my 
sake.  I  offer  this  divine  sacrifice  to  commemorate  in 
a  special  manner  Thy  Passion  and  death,  and  to  obtain, 
through  its  efficacious  merits,  the  conversion  of  tepid 
priests  and  Religious  ;  furthermore  that  union  and  charity 
may  reign  in  this  Community,  and  that  all  its  members 
may  be  filled  with  zeal  for  the  conversion  of  sinners,  for 
whom  Thou  didst  die;  and  for  myself,  the  spirit  of  mor 
tification  and  humility,  light  and  prudence  in  the  dis 
charge  of  my  office,  patience  and  forbearance  with  those 
under  my  care,  purity  of  intention,  simplicity,  diffidence 
in  self,  confidence  in  God.  But,  O  my  Jesus,  Thou 
needest  not  my  representation  to  discern  my  wants.  I 
am  too  weak,  too  insensible,  to  feel  my  miseries  as  I  ought, 
too  guilty  to  deserve  being  heard;  let  my  silence  then 
speak.  O  most  merciful  Saviour!  let  my  multiplied 
miseries  plead  in  my  behalf.  Thou  wilt  not  be  deaf  to 
their  eloquent  supplications,  and  surely,  O  my  Jesus! 
Thou  needest  but  consult  Thy  own  Heart,  and  that 
infinite  love  which  brings  Thee  daily  upon  our  altars, 
to  find  motives  for  granting  pardon,  and  mercy  to  me, 
a  poor  sinner. 


/toetboo  of  Ibearfna  /IRass  on 

AT    THE    CONFITEOR   AND    INTROIT. 

Represent  to  yourself  Jesus  Christ  retiring  to  the  Gar 
den  of  Gethsemane  to  pray  :  unite  your  sentiments  with 
the  divine  dispositions  of  the  Son  of  God,  and  prepare  for 
this  divine  sacrifice  of  the  Mass  by  acts  oj  sincere  contrition: 

J7ESUS,  in  the  Garden  of  Olives,  shed  His  blood  for 
«J     us  in  such  streams  that  it  bathed  the  earth  around. 


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This  He  did  at  the  vision  He  then  had  of  the  ingratitude 
with  which  men  would  meet  His  love.  Oh!  let  us,  then, 
repent  sincerely  for  the  past,  considering  how  poorly  we 
have  met  the  countless  benefits  of  Our  Lord,  and  re 
solve  henceforth  to  make  good  use  of  His  graces  and  holy 
inspirations. 

O  my  good  Jesus,  my  dear  Saviour,  I  compassionate 
Thee  in  Thy  sufferings.  I  fervently  bless  Thee  and 
thank  Thee  for  all  Thou  hast  done  and  suffered  for  me; 
give  me  grace  to  weep  over  the  sins  and  the  ingratitude 
which  caused  Thy  dreadful  agony.  Sweet  Jesus,  mercy  ! 
Pardon  me,  O  Lord,  for  my  past  indifference  to  Thy  love. 
Heart  of  Jesus,  inflamed  with  love  of  us,  inflame  our 
hearts  with  love  of  Thee. 

AT  THE  KYRIE  ELEISON. 

Represent  Jesus  taken  and  bound  with  cords,  and  say: 
those  bonds  which  confined  Thy  hands  burst 


the  fetters  of  my  sins,  and  restore  me  to  the  sweet 
liberty  of  Thy  children!  I  cast  myself  at  Thy  sacred 
feet,  O  my  King  and  my  God:  and  since  Thou  hast 
undergone  the  humiliation  of  allowing  Thyself  to  be 
bound  by  Thy  creatures,  may  I  place  all  my  happiness 
in  sharing  Thy  humiliations,  and  carrying  Thy  cross. 

AT  THE  GOSPEL. 

Reflect  on  the  patience  and  benignity  of  Jesus  in  allow 
ing  Himself  to  be  dragged  from  tribunal  to  tribunal,  and 
say: 

SPOTLESS  Lamb  of  God!  while  Thy  judges 
proclaim  Thee  an  impostor,  I  rise  without  fear 
or  shame  to  declare,  in  the  face  of  heaven  and  earth,  that 
Thou  art  Christ,  the  Son  of  the  living  God,  and  that  I 
unreservedly  assent  to  all  and  every  article  proposed  by 
Thy  holy  Church  to  my  belief:  but,  O  divine  Lord,  give 
me  grace  to  profess  by  my  actions  as  well  as  by  my  words 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  217 

the  faith.  Have  mercy  on  all  who  are  involved  in  the 
dreadful  night  of  infidelity :  may  the  light  of  Thy  grace 
shine  upon  them,  and  so  penetrate  their  hearts  that  they 
may  embrace  the  truth,  and  be  admitted  to  the  commun 
ion  of  Thy  holy  Church. 

AT   THE   OFFERTORY. 

Represent  Jesus  bound  tojhe  pillar  and  cruelly  scourged: 

T7ESUS,  in  His  cruel  scourging,  shed  His  blood  most 
«J  painfully  and  abundantly,  offering  it  to  His 
eternal  Father  in  payment  of  our  impatience  and  our 
wantonness.  How  is  it,  then,  that  we  do  not  curb  our 
wrath  and  self-love?  Oh!  let  us  henceforth  try  to  be 
r?ore  patient  in  our  trials,  to  despise  ourselves,  and  to 
boar  in  peace  the  injuries  men  do  us. 

O  Jesus,  Thou  art  the  Love  and  Life  of  my  soul.  I 
find  true  peace  and  real  happiness  only  in  Thy  love,  in 
Thy  service,  and  in  the  imitation  of  Thy  virtues.  I  offer 
myself  to  Thee;  do  what  Thou  wiliest  with  me;  hence 
forth  my  motto  shall  be,  "All  for  Jesus." 

Jesus,  meek  and  humble  of  Heart,  make  my  heart  like 
unto  Thine. 

Sweet  Heart  of  Jesus,  be  my  love! 

AT   THE   PREFACE. 

Contemplate  thy  Saviour  crowned  with  thorns;  reflect  on 
the  words  "Behold  the  man,"  and  say: 

BEHOLD  me,  O  most  merciful  Jesus:  A  poor  sin 
ner;  I  cast  myself  at  Thy  sacred  feet,  penetrated 
with  sorrow  for  my  sins.  Oh!  let  not  pride  any  longer 
occupy  my  heart,  which  Thou,  my  Saviour,  hast  so 
tenderly  loved  and  redeemed  at  so  great  a  price;  cleanse 
my  poor  soul,  O  Jesus,  from  all  offensive  stains,  and 
drown  my  imperfections  in  the  boundless  ocean  of  Thy 
mercy- 


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AT   THE   ELEVATION. 

Contemplate  Jesus  hanging  on  the  cross,  and  adore  the 
same  Jesus  here  present  on  the  altar: 

Ave  Verum. 
*VE  Verum  Corpus,  na-     *Tp^AIL  to  thee!   true  body 

turn  r*-b     sprun.f, 

Ex  Maria  virgine!  From    the    Virgin    Mary's 

womb! 
Vere  passum,  immolatum,          The  same  that  on  the  cross 

was  hung, 

In  cruce  pro  homine!  And  bore  for  man  the  bitter 

doom! 

Cujus  latus  perforatum  Thou  Whose  side  was  pierced 

and  flowed 
Vero  fluxit  sanguine;  Both    with    water   and    with 

blood; 

Esto  nobis  praegustatum,  Suffer  us  to  taste  of  Thee, 

Mortis  in  examine.  In  our  life's  last  agony. 

O  clemens,  O  pie!  O  kind,  O  loving  one! 

O  dulcis  Jesu,  Fili  Mariae!        O  sweet  Jesus,  Mary's  Son! 

O  JESUS,  my  crucified  Saviour,  Thou  didst  die  for 
the  love  of  me,  let  me  die  to  self  and  to  the  world 
for  love  of  Thee!  O  crucified  Love!  O  precious  blood 
of  Jesus!  May  all  hearts  ove  Thee,  may  all  tongues 
praise  and  glorify  and  thank  Thee,  now  and  for  ever 
more. 

PRECIOUS  blood,  shed  so  profusely  in   the  cru- 
cifixion  of    our  Jesus,  make  me  die  entirely  to 
self-love ! 

Precious  blood,  shed  to  the  very  last  drop  by  the  open 
ing  of  the  Sacred  Heart,  give  me  that  generous  love  that 
sacrifices  all  for  God! 

Precious  blood,  sacred  source  whence  flow  all  virtues 
and  all  graces,  apply  thy  infinite  merits  to  my  soul' 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  219 

Precious  blood,  whose  virtue  animates  and  vivifies 
our  actions,  apply  thy  infinite  merits  to  all  our  works! 

Life-giving  fountain,  in  which  the  soul  fully  slakes  its 
thirst,  saturate  it  with  pure  love! 

O  divine  blood  of  my  Jesus,  I  adore  thee  from  the 
depth  of  my  heart!  Thee  I  ardently  invoke,  for  thou 
art  my  salvation,  and  by  thee  I  hope  to  obtain  the  joys 
of  paradise. 

Most  precious  blood  of  Jesus,  cry  for  mercy  for  us,  to 
thy  divine  Father  and  deliver  us! 

'Eternal  Father,  I  offer  Thee  the  precious  blood  of 
Jesus,  in  satisfaction  for  my  sins  and  for  the  wants  of 
the  holy  Church." 

By  the  precious  blood  of  Jesus,  I  beseech  Thee,  Father 
in  heaven,  have  mercy  on  the  poor  souls  in  purgatory. 
Requiem  seternam  dona  eis,  Domine;  Et  lux  perpetua 
luceat  eis! 

Adore  the  five  wounds  of  your  crucified  Jesus,  kissing 
them  in  spirit,  praying  for  true  and  abiding  sorrow  for 
your  sins,  for  perfect  conformity  to  the  will  of  God  and  the 
grace  of  perseverance. 

Jesu  dulcis  amor  meus. 

ESU  !   as  though  Thyself  wert  here, 
I  draw  in  trembling  sorrow  near; 
And  hanging  o'er  Thy  form  divine, 
Kneel  down  to  kiss  these  wounds  of  Thine. 

Ah  me,  how  naked  art  Thou  laid! 
Bloodstain'd,  distended,  cold,  and  dead? 
Joy  of  my  soul — my  Saviour  sweet, 
Upon  this  sacred  winding-sheet! 

Hail,  awful  brow!    hail,  thorny  wreath! 
Hail,  countenance  now  pale  in  death! 
Whose  glance  but  late  so  brightly  blazed, 
That  angels  trembled  as  they  gazed. 


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And  hail  to  thee,  my  Saviour's  side; 
And  hail  to  thee,  thou  wound  so  wide: 
Thou  wound  more  ruddy  than  the  rose, 
True  antidote  of  all  our  woes! 

Oh,  by  those  sacred  hands  and  feet 
For  me  so  mangled!    I  entreat, 
My  Jesu,  turn  me  not  away, 
But  let  me  here  for  ever  stay. 

AT   COMMUNION. 

Make  an  ad  0}  contrition,  a  renewal  0}  vows,  and  tast 
ing  yourself  in  spirit  into  the  bleeding  Heart  of  Jesus, 
pray  that  you  may  love  Him  more  and  more,  be  more  like 
to  Him  in  the  imitation  of  His  virtues,  and  b"  united 
with  Him  for  evermore. 

AT   THE    BLESSING. 


/'S'TERNAL  Father!  we  offer  Thee  the  most  precious 
^-A  blood  of  Jesus,  shed  for  us  with  such  great  love 
and  bitter  pain  from  the  wound  in  His  right  hand ;  and, 
through  its  merits  and  its  might,  we  entreat  Thy  divine 
Majesty  to  grant  us  Thy  holy  benediction,  that,  by  its 
power,  we  may  be  defended  against  all  our  enemies  and 
freed  from  every  ill;  whilst  we  say: 

Benedictio  Dei  omnipo-  May  the  blessing  of  God 
tentis,  Patris  et  Filii  et  Spiri-  almighty,  Father,  and  Son, 
tus  Sancti,  descendat  super  and  Holy  Ghost,  descend  up- 
nos,  et  maneat  semper.  on  us,  and  remain  for  ever. 

Amen.  Amen. 

Our  Father,  Hail  Mary,  Glory  be  to  the  Father. 

Indulgence  of  100  days  to  those  who  shall  say  this  offering, 
with  the  Our  Father,  the  Hail  Mary,  and  the  Glory  be  to  the 
Father,  to  the  Most  Holy  Trinity,  in  thanksgiving  for  blessings 
received;  plenary  indulgence  once  a  month,  on  usual  conditions. 
—Leo  XII.,  Oct.  25,  1823. 


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PRAYER   TO   THE  HOLY  VIRGIN,   OUR   LADY  OF    SORROWS. 

fT\ARY  most  holy.  Mother  of  sorrows,  by  that  in- 
M-£  tense  martyrdom  which  thou  didst  suffer  at  the 
foot  of  the  cross,  during  the  three  hours  of  Jesus'  agony: 
deign  to  aid  us  all,  children  of  thy  sorrows,  in  our  last 
dgony,  that,  by  thy  prayers,  we,  from  our  bed  of  death, 
may  pass  to  heaven's  holy  joys,  there  to  adorn  thy  crown. 
Hail  Mary,  three  times. 


ARIA  mater  gratis, 


Mater  misericordiae, 

Tu  nos  ab  hoste  protege. 

Et  mortis  hora  suscipe. 
V.  A   subitanea  et  impro- 
visa  morte. 

R.  Libera  nos,  Domine. 
V.  Ab  insidiis  diaboli. 

R.  Libera  nos,  Domine. 
V.  A  morte  perpetua. 
R.  Libera  nos,  Domine. 

Or  emus. 

US,  qui  ad  humani 
generis  salutem  in  dolo- 
rosissima  Filii  tui  morte  exem- 
plum  et  subsidium  constitu- 
isti:  concede,  quaesumus,  ut 
in  extremo  mortis  nostrse 
periculo  tantse  charitatis  ef- 
fectum  consequi,  et  ipsius 
Redemptoris  gloriae  consoci- 
ari  mereamur.  Per  eumdum 
Christum  Dominum  nostrum. 


R.  Amen. 


OTHER       of      mercy, 

mother  of  grace,  j 
Mary,  help  a  fallen  race, 
Shield  us  when  the  foe  is 

nigh, 

And  receive  us  when  we  die. 
V.  From   sudden  and  un 
prepared  death. 

R.  Deliver  us,  O  Lord! 
V.  From  the  snares  of  the 
devil. 

R.  Deliver  us,  O  Lord! 
V.  From  everlasting  death. 
R.  Deliver  us,  O  Lord! 

Let  us  pray. 

f^OD,  Who  for  our  salva- 
\S)  tion  hast,  in  the  most 
bitter  death  of  Thy  Son,  made 
for  us  both  an  example  and 
a  refuge:  grant,  we  beseech 
Thee,  that,  in  the  last  peril,  at 
the  hour  of  our  death,  we  may 
be  made  worthy  to  experi 
ence  the  effect  of  His  great 
charity,  and  to  be  made  par 
takers  of  the  Redeemer's 
glory.  Through  the  same 
Christ  our  Lord. 
R.  Amen. 


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End  with  the  ejaculations: 

J7ESUS,  Mary,  and  Joseph!  I  give  you  my  heart  and 
v  my  soul. 

Jesus,  Mary,  and  Joseph!  assist  me  in  my  last  agony. 

Jesus,  Mary,  and  Joseph!  may  I  breathe  out  my  soul 
in  peace  with  you. 

Offering  of  /Iftass  ano  Communion  on  Saturoag—  Go 
tbe  3Bles0eJ>  \Dir0in 


Mary,  Queen  of  heaven,  Mother  of  Our 
Lord  Jesus  Christ,  and  Mistress  of  the  world, 
who  forsakest  no  one,  and  despisest  no  one,  look  upon  me, 
O  dear  Mother  of  mercy,  and  my  Mother,  with  an  eye  of 
pity,  and  entreat  for  me,  of  thy  beloved  Son,  conversion 
to  that  perfection  to  which  God  has  called  me,  the  virtues 
of  purity  and  humility,  and  great  confidence  in  thee. 
Obtain,  likewise,  that  this  Mass  and  communion  may 
be  acceptable  to  God  for  the  conversion  of  sinners,  espe 
cially  .  .  .  ;  for  the  increased  perfection  of  each  dear 
sister  of  this  Community,  and  for  our  preservance. 

f\  MOST  holy  Virgin,  Mother  of  the  Word  Incar- 
^^  nate,  depositary  of  graces,  and  Refuge  of  sinners, 
we  have  recourse  to  thy  maternal  love:  with  a  lively  faith 
we  ask  the  grace  to  do  always  the  will  of  God  and  thine. 
We  resign  ourselves  into  thy  most  sacred  hands,  and 
beseech  thee  to  obtain  for  us  the  virtues  of  our  state  and 
the  grace  of  a  happy  death.  We  confidently  hope  that 
thou,  O  most  loving  Mother,  wilt  graciously  hear  us, 
and  therefore  with  a  lively  faith  we  say,  "Hail  Mary." 
Repeat  the  Hail  Mary  three  times. 

Let  us  pray. 

'E  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord,  protect  Thy  servants 
from  every  frailty,  through  the  intercession  of 
the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  and,  as  we  kneel  in  humble 
adoration  before  Thee  and  offer  Thee  our  hearts,  merci  - 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  223 

fully  guard  us  against  the  snares  of  our  enemies,  through 
Jesus  Christ  our  Lord.     Amen. 

/Bbetboo  of  Ibeartncj  /iftass  on  Saturday. 

AT   THE    BEGINNING. 

Make   acts   oj   contrition,    humility,    and   confidence. 
Vide :  "  Mass  in  Honor  oj  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary." 

INTROIT. 

^^ALVE,     Sancta     Parens  *T^  AIL,  holy  Mother,  who 

^5     enixa  puerpera  Regem,  *•»-_&     didst  bring  forth  the 

qui  coelum  terramque  regit  in  King  Who  reigns  over  heaven 

saecula  saeculorum.  Ps.  Eruc-  and   earth   forevermore.     Ps. 

tavit   cor  meum  verbum  bo-  My  heart  hath  uttered  a  good 

num:    dico   ego   opera   mea  word:    I  speak  my  works  to 

Regi.  the  King. 

V.  Gloria.  V.  Glory. 

COLL.  Concede  nos.  Grant,  O  Lord,  we  beseech 
Thee,  that  we,  Thy  servants,  may  enjoy  constant  health 
of  body  and  mind,  and  by  the  glorious  intercession  of 
blessed  Mary,  ever  Virgin,  be  delivered  from  all  tem 
poral  afflictions,  and  come  to  those  joys  that  are  eternal. 
Through,  etc. 

LESSON.  Ecclus.  xxiv.  14,  16.  From  the  begin 
ning,  and  before  the  world,  was  I  created,  and  unto  the 
world  to  come  I  shall  not  cease  to  be,  and  in  the  holy 
dwelling-place  I  have  ministered  before  Him.  And  so 
was  I  established  in  Sion,  and  in  the  holy  city  likewise  I 
rested,  and  my  power  was  in  Jerusalem.  And  I  took 
root  in  an  honorable  people,  and  in  the  portion  of  my 
God  His  inheritance,  and  my  abode  is  in  the  full  assembly 
of  saints. 

GRAD.  Thou  art  blessed,  and  worthy  of  our  respects, 
O  Virgin  Mary,  who,  without  prejudice  to  thy  virginity, 
didst  become  the  Mother  of  Our  Saviour. 

V.  O  Virgin  Mother  of  God!    He  Whom  the  whole 


224  Methods  of  Hearing  Mass. 

world  can  not  contain,  became  man,  and  was  enclosed  in 
th^  womb.  Alleluia,  Alleluia. 

V.  After  child-birth  thou  didst  remain  a  pure  Virgin. 
O  Mother  of  God,  intercede  for  us! 

GOSPEL.  In  illo  loquente  Jesu.  Luke  xi.  27,  28. 
At  that  time,  as  Jesus  was  speaking  to  the  multitudes,  a 
certain  woman  from  the  crowd,  lifting  up  her  voice,  said 
to  Him:  Ble:sed  is  the  womb  that  bore  Thee,  and  the 
paps  that  gave  Thee  suck.  But  He  said:  Yea,  rather, 
blessed  are  they  who  hear  the  word  of  God,  and  keep  it. 

OFFERTORY.  Happy  art  thou,  O  holy  Virgin  Mary, 
and  most  worthy  of  all  praise,  because  from  thee  arose 
the  Sun  of  justice,  Christ  our  Lord. 

SECRET.  May,  O  Lord,  by  Thy  own  mercy  and 
the  intercession  of  blessed  Mary,  ever  a  Virgin,  this 
oblation  procure  us  peace  and  happiness,  both  in  this 
life,  and  in  that  which  is  to  come.  Through  Jesus 
Christ,  Thy  Son. 

PRAYER   AT  THE   OFFERTORY. 

O  MERCIFUL  God!  Who,  for  the  salvation  of 
sinners  and  the  comfort  of  the  afflicted,  hast 
infused  into  the  immaculate  heart  of  the  Blessed  Virgin 
sentiments  of  the  tenderest  compassion  for  us,  similar 
to  those  which  predominate  in  the  Heart  of  Jesus,  grant 
that,  by  the  intercession  of  our  holy  patroness,  we  may 
imitate  our  divine  Model,  and  thus  becoming  ever  more 
pleasing  to  Thee,  may  enjoy  a  foretaste  of  the  joys  of 
heaven.  O  sweet  Jesus!  Who  tenderly  lovest  the  most 
holy  of  virgins,  and  art  most  tenderly  loved  by  her, 
grant,  through  her  intercession,  and  by  the  resemblance 
her  immaculate  heart  bore  to  Thine,  that  I  may  ever  love 
Thee,  live  but  for  Thee,  and  be  united  to  Thee  in  a 
happy  eternity.  Amen. 

O  holy  Mother  of  Jesus!  the  most  pure  of  all  creatures, 
in  union  with  all  the  saints  in  heaven  and  all  the  just  on 
earth,  I  venerate  thee:  I  consecrate  my  heart  to  thee, 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  225 

choosing  thee  for  my  Mother,  my  queen,  my  advocate, 
and  my  guide;  I  wish  to  imitate  ;hee,  and  I  desire  to 
serve  thee  with  a  tender,  generous,  and  filial  love.  I 
beseech  thee,  august  and  merciful  Queen  of  heaven, 
to  receive  me  this  day  as  thy  child,  to  assist  me  in  all  my 
undertakings,  to  succor  me  all  in  my  wants,  to  obtain 
for  me  purity,  humility,  charity,  patience,  obedience, 
union  with  God,  and  perfect  submission  to  His  holy  will. 
Comfort  and  support  me,  dear  Mother,  in  the  hour  of  my 
death.  •;'  '"> 

THREE   OFFERINGS,   IN   HONOR   OF   THE   BLESSED   VIRGIN 
MARY. 

I.  *T<  OLIEST  Virgin,  with  all  my  heart  I  worship 
«•*-&     thee  above  all  the  angels  and  saints  in  para 
dise  as  the  daughter  of  the  eternal  Father,  and  to  thee  I 
consecrate  my  soul  and  all  its  powers. 

Hail  Mary,  etc. 

II.  "T^  OLIEST  Virgin,  with  all  my  heart  I  worshio 
«-*-*     thee  above  all  the  angels  and  saints    in 

paradise  as  the  Mother  of  the  only-begotten  Son,  a»d  to 
thee  I  consecrate  my  body  with  all  its  senses. 
Hail  Mary,  etc. 

III.  'T^  OLIEST  Virgin,  with  all   my  heart  I  wor- 
«••-'      ship  thee  above  all  the  angels  and  saints 

in  paradise  as  the  spouse  of  the  Holy  Ghost,  and  to  thee 
I  consecrate  my  heart  and  all  its  affections,  praying  thee 
to  obtain  for  me  from  the  ever-blessed  Trinity  all  the 
graces  which  I  need  for  my  salvation. 
Hail  Mary,  etc. 

Indulgence  of  300  days,  each  time,  to  be  gained  by  those  who 
shall  say  above  prayers  to  obtain  Our  Lady's  protection  in  the 
practice  of  all  holy  virtues,  and  especially  of  chastity. 

Plenary  indulgence  on  usual  conditions. — Leo  XII.,  Oct.  21, 
1823;  Pius  IX.,  June  18,  1876. 


226  Methods  of  Hearing  Mass. 


AT   THE   PREFACE. 

DIVINE  Jesus,  grant  me  a  share  in  Thy  zeal  for 
Thy  Father's  glory,  that  in  union  with  the  dom 
inations,  principalities,  and  the  whole  hierarchy  of  angels, 
I  may  anticipate  in  my  exile  the  ever  new  canticle,  which 
they  incessantly  sing  in  the  abode  of  bliss:  Holy,  thrice 
holy,  infinitely  holy  is  the  Lord  of  hosts!  the  heavens 
and  the  earth  are  full  of  His  glory,  but  His  mercies  have 
been  exalted  above  all  His  works,  since  Thou,  O  divine 
Jesus,  hast  descended  from  His  bosom,  and  come  in  His 
name  to  dwell  in  this  valley  of  tears — nay,  more,  to  dwell 
in  unworthy  hearts. 

AFTER    THE    ELEVATION. 

ETERNAL  Father!  behold  Thy  beloved  Son,  my 
blessed  Saviour,  Whom  I  humbly  offer  to  Thy 
divine  Majesty  in  satisfaction  for  all  my  offences  and 
ingratitude. 

I  offer  Thee  His  purity,  His  innocence,  to  arone  for 
my  defilement;  His  humility,  for  my  pride;  His  zeal,  for 
my  tepidity ;  and  the  holiness  of  His  life,  for  all  the  imper 
fections  of  mine. 

O  merciful  Father!  look  on  the  charity  of  Thy  Son; 
behold  how  He  once  offered  Himself  a  bloody  sacrifice 
for  my  salvation,  and  how  He  now  offers  Himself  in  an 
unbloody  manner  on  this  altar  for  the  same  end.  O  holy 
Father!  receive  this  His  sacrifice  in  lieu  of  all  the  honor, 
homage,  and  gratitude  due  to  Thy  goodness  from  me  and 
all  Thy  creatures. 

O  my  sweet  Saviour!  I  thank  Thee  for  Thy  love  and 
Thy  mercy.  I  thank  Thee,  also,  for  all  the  wondrous 
prerogatives  and  dignities  which  Thou  hast  conferred  on 
Mary,  the  Queen  of  heaven.  I  love  Thee  with  my  whole 
heart.  What  pledge  of  my  love  can  I  give  Thee? 
Thou  hast  asked  my  heart:  take  it,  Loid  Jesus,  take  it 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  227 

Thou  alone,  take  it  all  to  Thee,  take  it  as  Thy  due,  and 
my  free  offering;  take  it  as  the  present  of  a  child  to  her 
father;  take  it  as  a  holocaust,  to  be  consumed  entirely 
in  Thy  service. 

INVOCATION. 

ANCTA    Virgo    Maria  <X=^OLY  Virgin  Mary  Im 

Immaculata,        Mater  r*—f>    culate,  Mother  of  God 

Dei,  Mater  nostra,  Tu  pro  and  our  Mother,  speak  thou 

nobis  loquere  ad   Cor  Jesu,  for  us  to  the  Heart  of  Jesus, 

qui  tuus  Filius  est  et  Frater  Who    is    thy    Son    and    our 

noster.  Brother. 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  a  day. — Leo  XIII.,  Dec.  20,  1890. 

EJACULATION   OF   ST.    PHILIP  NERI. 

VIRGIN  Mother  of  God,  Mary,  pray  to  Jesus  for 
me. 

Indulgence  of  50  days,  once  a  day. — Leo  XIII.,  March  29,  1894. 

PIOUS   EXERCISE. 

Pius  VII.,  on  Dec.  4,  1815,  in  order  to  increase,  in  all  the 
faithful,  devotion  toward  the  sorrows  of  the  most  holy  Virgin 
Mary,  and  to  excite  in  them  grateful  recollection  of  the  Passion 
of  her  Son  Jesus,  granted  to  those  who,  with  contrite  heart,  shall 
say  the  Hail  Mary  seven  times,  and  after  each  Hail  Mary,  the 
stanza, 

Sancta  mater  istud  agas,  Bid    me    bear,    O    Mother 

blessed  ! 
Crucifixi  fige  plagas  On    my    heart    the    wounds 

impressed 

Cordi  meo  valide.  Suffered  by  the  Crucified. 

Indulgence  of  300  days,  once  a  day;  plenary  indulgence,  on 
any  one  day,  in  each  month,  on  usual  conditions. 

AT  THE  AGNUS  DEI  AND  COMMUNION. 

LAMB  of  God!  have  mercy  on  me,  and  may  the 
voice  of  Thy  blood  plead  powerfully  in  my  favor: 
grant  me  a  secure  shelter  in  Thy  sacred  wounds;  impart 
to  me,  in  the  adorable  Sacrament  which  I  am  about  to 


228  Methods  of  Hearing  Mass. 

receive  (if  you  do  not  communicate  actually,  make  at  least 
a  spiritual  communion),  that  peace  which  the  world  can 
not  give,  and  which  can  alone  be  found  in  union  with 
Thee,  O  divine  Victim!  O  Jesus,  my  life  and  my  sal 
vation,  when  Thou  enteresi  into  my  heart  in  holy  com 
munion,  impress  on  it  the  lessons  of  humility,  meek 
ness,  patience,  charity,  and  sweetness,  so  strongly  incul 
cated  by  Thy  precepts  and  example.  O  Mary!  show 
thyself  now  my  tender  Mother  and  powerful  advocate, 
that  I  may  receive  with  faith,  purity,  fervor,  humility, 
and  confidence  thy  own  beloved  Son,  and  my  sweet 
Saviour  and  Master.  O  blessed  spirits  of  heaven,  and, 
above  all,  my  dear  angel  guardian,  intercede  for  me,  and 
supply,  by  your  ardent  adorations,  for  my  want  of  fervor 
when  I  receive  my  Redeemer. 

Make  an  act  of  contrition,  a  renewal  of  vows,  and  then 
with  jervent  aspirations  invite  your  Saviour  into  your 
heart. 


praters  ©rfcereD  bg  pope  Heo  xin.,  to  be  Satfc  after 

JEvetB  Xow  /fcass  in  HH  tbe  Gburcbes  of  tbe 

TJQorR). 

The  priest  with  the  people  recites  the  Hail  Mary  thrice 
then  the  Salve  Regina: 


,  holy  Queen,  Mother  of  mercy,  our  life,  oui 
sweetness,  and  our  hope!  To  thee  do  we  cry. 
poor  banished  children  of  Eve;  to  thee  do  we  send  up 
our  sighs,  mourning  and  weeping  in  this  valley  of  tears. 
Turn,  then,  most  gracious  Advocate,  thine  eyes  of  mercy 
towards  us,  and  after  this  our  exile  show  unto  us  the 
blessed  fruit  of  thy  womb,  Jesus.  O  clement,  O  loving, 
O  sweet  Virgin  Mary! 

V.  Pray  for  us,  O  holy  Mother  of  God. 

R.  That  we  may  be  made  worthy  of  the  promises  of 
Christ 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  229 

Let  us  pray. 

f~\  GOD,  our  refuge  and  our  strength,  look  down 
^"^  with  favor  upon  Thy  people,  who  cry  to  Thee; 
and  through  the  intercession  of  the  glorious  and  immacu- 
ate  Virgin  Mary,  Mother  of  God,  of  her  spouse,  blessed 
Joseph,  of  Thy  holy  apostles  Peter  and  Paul,  and  of  all 
the  saints,  mercifully  and  graciously  hear  the  prayers 
which  we  pour  forth  to  Thee,  for  the  conversion  of  sin 
ners  and  the  liberty  and  exaltation  of  holy  mother  Church. 
Through  Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

Add  the  Invocation:  St.  Michael  the  archangel,  defend 
us  in  battle;  be  our  protection  against  the  malice  and 
snares  of  the  devil.  Rebuke  him,  O  God,  we  humbly 
pray;  and  do  thou,  O  prince  of  the  heavenly  host,  by  the 
divine  power,  thrust  into  hell  Satan  and  the  other  evil 
spirits  who  roam  through  the  world  seeking  the  ruin  of 
souls.  Amen.  (Indulgence  of  300  days.) 
Invocation  after  Mass. 

Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  have  mercy  on  us.  (Three  times.) 

Indulgence  of  seven  years  and  seven  quarantines  if  recited  three  times 
after  Mass  with  the  priest. — Pope  Pius  X.  June  7,  1904. 

©rOfnarg  dfcetbofc  ot  Serving  a  ipricet  at  flfoaes. 

P.  *¥*NTROIBO  ad  altare  Dei. 

C.  f^>     Ad  Deum  qui  laetificat  juventutem  meam. 

P.  Judica  me  Deus.  et  discerne  causam  meam  de  gente  non 
sancta,  ab  homine  iniquo  et  doloso  erue  me. 

C.  Quia  tu  es,  Deus,  fortitude  mea,  quare  me  repulisti  et 
quare  tristis  incedo  dum  affligit  me  inimicus. 

P.  Emitte  lucem  tuam  et  veritatem  tuam:  ipsa  me  dedux- 
erunt  et  adduxerunt  in  montem  sanctum  tuum,  et  in  taberna- 
cula  tua. 

C.  Et  introibo  ad  altare  Dei,  ad  Deum  qui  laetificat  juventu 
tem  meam. 

P.  Confitebor  tibi  in  cithara  Deus,  Deus  meus:  quare  cri- 
stis  es  anima  mea,  et  quare  conturbas  me. 

C.  Spera  in  Deo,  quoniam  adhuc  confitebor  illi,  salutare 
vultus  mei  et  Deus  meus. 

P.  Gloria  Patri,  et  Filio,  et  Spiritui  Sancto. 


230  Methods  of  Hearing  Mass. 

C.  Sicut  erat  in  principio,  et  nunc,  et  semper,  et  in  saecula 
saeculorum.  Amen. 

P.  Introibo  ad  altare  Dei. 

C.  Ad  Deum,  qui  laetificat  juventutem  meam. 

P.  Adjutorium  nostrum  in  nomine  Domini. 

C.  Qui  fecit  coelum  et  terram. 

P.  Confiteor  Deo,  etc. 

C.  Misereatur  tui  omnipotens  Deus,  et  dimissis  peccatis 
tuis  perducat  te  ad  vitam  aeternam. 

P.  Amen. 

C.  Confiteor  Deo  omnipotent^  beatae  Mariae  semper  Vir- 
gini,  beato  Michaeli  Archangelo,  beato  Joanni  Baptistae,  sanc- 
tis  Apostolis  Petro  et  Paulo  omnibus  sanctis,  et  tibi,  Pater,  quia 
peccavi  nimis  cogitatione,  verbo  et  opere,  mea  culpa,  mea 
culpa,  mea  maxima  culpa.  Ideo  precor  beatam  Mariam,  sem 
per  Virginem,  beatum  Michaelem  Archangelum,  beatum  Joan- 
nem  Baptistam,  sanctos  Apostolos  Petrum  et  Paulum,  omnes. 
sanctos,  et  te  Pater,  orare  pro  me  ad  Dominum  Deum  nostrum. 

P.  Misereatur  vestri,  etc. 

C.  Amen. 

P.  Indulgentiam,  absolutionem,  etc. 

C.  Amen. 

P.  Deus  tu  conversus  vivificabis  nos. 

C.  Et  plebs  tua  laetatibur  in  te. 

P.  Ostende  nobis  Domine  misericordiam  tuam. 

C.  Et  salutare  tuum  da  nobis. 

P.  Domine,  exaudi  orationem  meam. 

C.  Et  clamor  meus  ad  te  veniat 

P.  Dominus  vobiscum. 

C.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo. 

P.  Kyrie  eleison. 

C.  Kyrie  eleison. 

P.  Kyrie  eleison. 

C.  Christe  eleisoa 

P.  Christe  eleison. 

C.  Christe  eleison. 

P.  Kyrie  eleison. 

C.  Kyrie  eleison. 

P.  Kyrie  eleison. 

P.  Dominus  vobiscum,  or  flectamus  genua. 

C.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo,  or  levate. 


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P.  Per  omnia  ssecula  saeculorum. 
C.  Amen. 

4/  the  end  of  the  Epistle  say,  Deo  gratias. 

P.  Sequentia  sancti  Evangelii,  etc. 
C.  Gloria  tibi  Domine. 

At  the  end  of  the  Gospel  say,  Laus  tibi  Christe. 

P.  Dominus  vobiscum. 

C.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo. 

P.  Orate  Fratres. 

C.  Suscipiat  Dominus  sacrificium  de  manibus  tuis;  ad 
laudem  et  gloriam  nominis  sui;  ad  utilitatem  quoque  nos- 
tram  totiusque  Ecclesiae  suae  sanctae. 

P.  Per  omnia  saecula  saeculorum. 

C.  Amen. 

P.  Dominus  vobiscum. 

C.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo. 

P.  Sursum  corda. 

C.  Habemus  ad-Dominum. 

P.  Gratias  agamus  Domino  Deo  nostro. 

C.  Dignum  et  justem  est. 

P.  Per  omnia  saecula  saeculorum. 

C.  Amen. 

P.  Et  ne  nos  inducas  in  tentationem. 

C.  Sed  libera  nos  a  malo. 

P.  Per  omnia  saecula  saeculorum. 

C.  Amen. 

P.  Pax  Domini  sit  semper  vobiscum. 

C.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo. 

P.  Dominus  vobiscum. 

C.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo. 

P.  Per  omnia  saecula  saeculorum. 

C.  Amen. 

P.  Ite  missa  est,  or  benedicamus  Domino. 

C.  Deo  gratias. 

P.  Requiescant  in  pace. 

C.  Amen. 


232  Methods  of  Hearing  Mass. 


DOMINICAN  RITE  OF   SERVING  MASS. 

(Before  beginning  Mass  the  priest  puts  wine  and  water  inco 
the  chalice.} 

P.  *T*N  nomine  Patris,  et  Filii,  et  Spiritus  Sancti.     Araen. 

P.  J-»     Confitemini  Domino  quoniam  bonus. 

C.  Quoniam  in  saeculum  misericordia  ejus. 

P.  Confiteor,  etc. 

C.  Misereatur  tui  omnipotens  Deus,  et  dimittat  tibi  omnia 
peccata  tua,  liberet  te  ab  omni  malo,  salvet  et  confirmet  in 
omni  opere  bono,  et  perducat  te  ad  vitam  aeternam. 

P.  Amen. 

C.  Confiteor  Deo  omnipotent!,  et  Beatae  Mariae  semper  Vir- 
gini,  et  Beato  Dominico  Patri  nostro,  et  omnibus  Sanctis,  et 
tibi  Pater  quia  peccavi  nimis  cogitatione,  locutione,  opera  et 
omissione,  mea  culpa,  precor  te  orare  pro  me. 

P.  Misereatur  vestri,  etc. 

C.  Amen. 

P.  Absolutionem  et  remissionem  omnium  peccatorum  ve- 
strorum  tribuat  vobis  omnipotens  et  misericors  Dominus. 

C.  Amen. 

P.  Adjutorium  nostram  in  nomine  Domini. 

C.  Qui  fecit  ccelum  et  terram. 


All  the  rest  is  as  usual,  except  that  there  is  not  any  "Deo 
gratias"  after  the  Epistle,  nor  any  "Latts  tibi  Christe  "  after 
the  first  Gospel,  and  no  response  is  made  at  the  "Orate  Fra- 
tres."  "The  bell  is  rung  at  the  "Agnus  Dei."  The  "Domine 
non  sum  dignus"  is  not  said  aloud.  After  the  last  Gospel  the 
"Deo  gratias"  is  said  as  usual. 


PRO   FIDELIBUS   DEFUNCTIS. 

P.  *~f~\&  profundis  clamavi  ad  te  Domine;  Domine  exaudi 
«-L/  vocem  meam. 

C.  Fiant  aures  tuae  intendentes  in  vocem  deprecationis  mese. 

P.  Si  iniquitates  observaveris  Domine,  Domine,  quis  su- 
stinebit. 

C.  Quia  apud  te  propitiatio  est:  et  propter  legem  tuam 
."ustinui  te  Domine. 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  2  3  f 

P.  Sustinuit  anima  mea  in  verbo  ejus;  speravit  anima  mea 
in  Domino. 

C.  A  custodia  mututina  usque  ad  noctem  speret  Israel  in 
Domino. 

P.  Quia  apud  Dominum  misericordia,  et  copiosa  apud  eum 
Redemptio. 

C.  Et  ipse  redimet  Israel  ex  omnibus  iniquitatibus  ejus. 

P.  Requiem  aeternam  dona  eis  Domine. 

C.  Et  lux  perpetua  luceat  eis. 

P.  A  porta  inferi. 

C.  Erue  Domine  animas  eorum, 

P.  Requiescant  in  pace. 

C.  Amen. 

P.  Domine  exaudi  orationem  meam. 

C.  Et  clamor  meus  ad  te  veniat. 

P.  Dominus  vobiscum. 

C.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo. 

Oremus. 

^TTJIDELIUM  Deus  omnium  conditor  et  Redemptor  am- 
«-*— I  mabus  famulorum  famularumque  tuarum  remissionem 
cunctorum  tribue  peccatorum  ut  indulgentiam  quam  semper 
optaverunt  piis  supplicationibus  consequantur.  Qui  vivis  et 
r^gnas,  etc. 

B  /BbetboD  of  Bssisting  at  dlbass  tor  Cbiloren. 

When  the  Priest  says  the  Confiteor,  the  children  say  in 
common: 

CONFESS  to  almighty  God,  to  blessed  Mary  ever 
Virgin,  to  blessed  Michael  the  archangel,  to  blessed 
John  the  Baptist,  to  the  holy  apostles  Peter  and  Paul,  and 
to  all  the  saints,  and  to  you,  father,  that  I  have  sinned  ex 
ceedingly,  in  thought,  word,  and  deed,  through  my  fault, 
through  my  fault,  through  my  most  grievous  fault.  There 
fore,  I  beseech  blessed  Mary  ever  Virgin,  blessed 
Michael  the  archangel,  blessed  John  the  Baptist,  the 
holy  apostles  Peter  and  Paul,  and  all  the  saints,  and  you, 
father,  to  pray  to  the  Lord  our  God  for  me. 


234  Methods  of  Hearing  Mass, 

May  the  almighty  God  have  mercy  on  me,  forgive  me 
my  sins,  and  bring  me  to  everlasting  life.  Amen. 

May  the  almighty  and  merciful  Lord  grant  me  pardon, 
absolution,  and  remission  of  my  sins.  Amen. 

FOLLOWS   A   HYMN. 

When  the  Priest  says  the  Credo  the  children  recite  in 
common  the  Apostles'  Creed: 

*T*  BELIEVE  in  God,  the  Father  almighty,  Creator  of 
*^  heaven  and  earth,  and  in  Jesus  Christ,  His  only  Son, 
Our  Lord:  Who  was  conceived  by  the  Holy  Ghost,  born 
of  the  Virgin  Mary,  suffered  under  Pontius  Pilate,  was 
crucified,  died,  and  was  buried.  He  descended  into 
hell;  the  third  day  He  arose  again  from  the  dead;  He 
ascended  into  heaven,  sitteth  at  the  right  hand  of  God 
the  Father  almighty;  from  thence  He  shall  come  to  judge 
the  living  and  the  dead.  I  believe  in  the  Holy  Ghost, 
the  holy  Catholic  Church,  the  communion  of  saints,  the 
forgiveness  of  sins,  the  resurrection  of  the  body,  and  life 
everlasting.  Amen. 

At  the  Offertory  the  children  say  in  common: 
*jrj*CCEPT,  O  holy  Father,  almighty,  everlasting 
<*"-*-•  God,  this  stainless  Host,  which  we,  through  the 
hands  of  the  priest,  offer  unto  Thee,  O  God,  living  and 
true,  for  our  innumerable  sins,  offences,  and  negligences, 
and  for  all  here  present;  as  also  for  all  faithful  Chris 
tians,  both  living  and  dead,  that  it  may  be  profitable  for 
our  own  and  for  their  salvation  unto  life  eternal.  Amen. 

FOLLOWS  ONE  DECADE  OF  THE  ROSARY. 

At  the  Sanctus  the  children  say  in  common: 

OLY,  holy,  holy,  Lord  God  of  hosts.  Heaven  and 
earth  are  full  of  Thy  glory.  Hosanna  in  the 
highest.  Blessed  is  He  Who  cometh  in  the  name  of 
the  Lord.  Hosanna  in  the  highest. 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  235 


AT    THE    ELEVATING. 

At  the  elevation  of  the  sacred  Host,  after  each  signal  all 
say  in  common: 

f\  MY  God,  I  believe  in  Thee, 

^-*          O  my  God,  I  hope  in  Thee, 

O  my  God,  I  love  Thee  above  all  things. 

O  Sacrament  most  holy,  O  Sacrament  divine, 

All  praise  and    all  thanksgiving,    be   every    moment 

Thine ! 

At  the  elevation  oj  the  chalice,  after  each  signal  all  say 
in  common: 

Jesus,  for  Thee  I  live, 

My  Jesus,  for  Thee  I  die, 
My  Jesus,  I  am  Thine  in  life  and  in  death! 

'f ERNAL  Father,  I  offer  Thee  the  precious  blood 
of  Jesus,  in  satisfaction  for  my  sins,  and  for  the 
wants  of  holy  Church. 

MEMENTO   FOR   THE   DEAD. 

Follows  a  hymn — or  an  approved  Litany. 
At  the  communion  all  say  ^n  common  after  the  signal  is 
given: 

LORD,  I  am  not  worthy  that  Thou  shouldst  enter 
into   my  heart;    say  only  the  word  and  my  soul 
shall  be  healed. 

SPIRITUAL   COMMUNION. 

Jesus,  I  believe  that  Thou  art  truly  present  in  the 
Most  Blessed  Sacrament.  I  love  Thee  above 
all  things,  and  I  desire  to  possess  Thee  within  my  soul. 
Since  I  am  unable  now  to  receive  Thee  sacramentally, 
come  at  least  spiritually  into  my  heart.  I  embrace 


236  Methods  of  Hearing  Mass. 

Thee  as  being  already  there,  and  unite  myself  wholly  to 
Thee;  never  permit  me  to  be  separated  from  Thee. 

AFTER   COMMUNION. 

OUL  of  Christ,  sanctify  me; 
Body  of  Christ,  save  me; 
Blood  of  Christ,  inebriate  me; 
Water  from  the  side  of  Christ,  wash  me; 
O  good  Jesus,  hear  me; 
Within  Thy  wounds,  hide  me; 
Suffer  me  not  to  be  separated  from  Thee; 
From  the  malicious  enemy,  defend  me; 
In  the  hour  of  death,  call  me  and  bid  me  to  come  to  Thee; 
That  with  Thy  saints  I  may  praise  Thee  for  ever  and  ever. 
Amen. 

AFTER   MASS. 

Prayers  ordered  by  his  Holiness  Pope  Leo  XIII.,  to  be 
said  kneeling  after  every  Low  Mass: 

Hail  Mary,  three  times.  Then  the  Salve  Regina,  as  on 
page  228. 

Bnotber  Sbort  anfc  Simple  /foetboD  of  assisting  at 
for  CbilDmu* 


When  the  Priest  begins  Mass  the  children  all  say  in 
common: 

I  CONFESS  to  almighty  God,  to  blessed  Mary  ever 
virgin,  to  blessed  Michael  the  archangel,  to  blessed 
John  the  Baptist,  to  the  holy  apostles  Peter  and  Paul,  to 
all  the  saints,  and  to  you,  father,  that  I  have  sinned  exceed 
ingly,  in  thought,  word,  and  deed,  through  my  fault, 
through  my  fault,  through  my  most  grievous  fault.  There 
fore,  I  beseech  the  blessed  Mary  ever  virgin,  blessed 
Michael  the  archangel,  blessed  John  the  Baptist,  the 
holy  apostles  Peter  and  Paul,  all  the  saints,  and  you, 
father,  to  pray  to  the  Lord  our  God  for  me. 

*  Approved  by  Archbishop  Elder. 


Methods  of  Hearing  Mass.  237 

May  the  almighty  God  have  mercy  on  me,  forgive  me 
my  sins,  and  bring  me  to  everlasting  life.  Amen. 

May  the  almighty  and  merciful  Lord  grant  me  pardon, 
absolution,  and  remission  of  my  sins.  Amen. 

One  decade  o]  the  beads — or  more. 

AT   THE    OFFERTORY. 

*CCEPT,  O  holy  Father,  almighty,  eternal  God, 
this  stainless  Host,  which  we  offer  unto  Thee, 
our  true  and  living  God,  by  the  hands  of  Thy  priest,  for 
our  innumerable  sins,  offences,  and  negligences,  and  for 
all  here  present,  and  for  all  the  Christian  faithful,  living 
and  dead;  that  it  may  be  profitable  to  us  and  to  them 
unto  life  everlasting.  Amen. 
Continue  the  Rosary. 

AFTER  THE   ELEVATION  OF  THE   CHALICE: 

SACRAMENT  most  holy,  O   Sacrament  divine, 
All  praise  and  all  thanksgiving  be  every  moment 
Thine! 

O  eternal  Father,  I  offer  Thee  the  precious  blood  of 
Jesus  Christ  in  expiation  of  my  sins,  and  for  the  wants  of 
holy  Church. 

AT   THE   DOMINE   NON   SUM  DIGNUS: 

"T"~!  ORD,  I  am  not  worthy  that  Thou  enter  under  my 
.-•— *  roof.  But  only  say  the  word,  and  my  soul  shall 
be  healed.  (Three  times.) 

SPIRITUAL   COMMUNION. 

rfESUS,  I  believe  in  Thee,  because  Thou  art  truth 
<J  itself. 

Jesus,  I  hope  in  Thee,  because  Thou  art  almighty, 
merciful,  and  faithful  to  Thy  promises. 

Jesus,  I  love  Thee,  because  Thou  art  infinitely  good, 
and  worthy  of  all  my  love. 


238  Methods  of  Hearing  Mass. 

Jesus,  I  desire  to  receive  Thee.  I  am  sorry  for  having 
offended  Thee.  Come  to  me,  and  never  again  let  me  be 
separated  from  Thee  by  sin. 

Jesus,  my  Lord,  my  God,  and  my  all! 

ANIMA    CHRISTI. 

BOUL  of  Christ,  be  my  sanctification ! 
Body  of  Christ,  be  my  salvation! 
Blood  of  Christ,  fill  all  my  veins! 
Water  of  Christ's  side,  wash  out  my  stains! 
Passion  of  Christ,  my  comfort  be! 
O  good  Jesus,  listen  to  me! 
In  Thy  wounds  I  wish  to  hide! 
Ne'er  to  be  parted  from  Thy  side! 
Guard  me  should  the  foe  assail  me. 
Call  me,  when  my  life  shall  fail  me, 
Bid  me  come  to  Thee  above 
With  Thy  saints  to  sing  Thy  love, 
World  without  end.     Amen. 

Continue  the  Rosary. 


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THE  ASPERGES. 


*pTSPERGES  me, 


Am.     

Domine,  hys- 

sopo,  et  mundabor:  lavabis 
me,  et  super  nivem  dealba- 
bor. 


Ps.  Miserere  mei,  Deus, 
secundum  magnam  miseri- 
cordiam  tuam. 

V.  Gloria  Patri,  etc. 

Ant.  Asperges  me. 


Ant.  JJTJHOU  shall  sprin 
v-J  kle  me  with 
hyssop,  O  Lord,  and  I  shall 
be  cleansed:  Thou  shalt  wash 
me,  and  I  shall  be  made  whiter 
than  snow. 

Ps.  Have  mercy  on  me,  O 
God,  according  to  Thy  great 
mercy. 

V.  Glory  be,  etc. 

Ant.  Thou    shalt    sprinkle 


The  Priest,  having  returned  to  the  foot  of  the  Altar,  says  : 


V.  /"^STENDE  nobis, 
^-'  Domine,  miseri- 
cordiam  tuam. 

R.  Et  salutare  tuum  da 
nobis. 

V.  Domine,  exaudi  oratio- 
nem  meam. 

R.  Et  clamor  meus  ad  te 
veniat. 

V.  Dominus  vobiscum. 

R.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo. 


V. 


BHOW  us,  O  Lord, 
Thy  mercy. 


R.  And  grant  us  Thy  sal 
vation. 

F.  O  Lord,  hear  my 
prayer. 

R.  And  let  my  cry  come 
unto  Thee. 

V.  The  Lord  be  with  you. 

R.  And  with  Thy  spirit. 


Let  iis  pray. 

nos,     Domine     '  |^  EAR  us,  O  holy  Lord, 
almighty  Father,  eter- 
God;    and  vouchsafe  to 


sancte,  Pater  omnipo- 
tens  aeterne  Deus'   et  mittere     nal 

239 


240  The  Ordinary  of  the  Holy  Mass. 

digneris     sanctum     angelum  send   Thy    holy   angel    from 

tuum  de  coelis,  qui  custodial,  heaven,    to    guard,    cherish, 

foveat,    protegat,    visitet,    at-  protect,  visit,  and  defend  all 

que  defendat  omnes  habitan-  that    are    assembled    in    this 

tes    in    hoc   habitaculo.     Per  house.     Through  Christ  our 

Christum  Dominum  nostrum.  Lord.    Amen. 
Amen. 

From  Easter  to  Whitsunday  inclusively,  instead  of  the  foregoing 

Anthem,  the  following  is  sung  and  Alleluia  is  added  to  the  V. 

(Ostende  nobis)  and  also  to  its  R.  (Et  salutare). 

Ant.  *m  r'l  D  I  aquam  Ant.  *T*  SAW  water  flow- 
V  egredientem  •-*•»  ing  from  the 

de  templo  a  latere  dextro,  right  side  of  the  temple,  Al- 
Alleluia:  et  omnes  ad  quos  leluia;  and  all  to  whom  that 
pervenit  aqua  ista  salvi  facti  water  came  were  saved,  and 
sunt,  et  dicent:  Alleluia.  they  shall  say:  Alleluia. 

Ps.  Confitemini  Domino,  Ps.  Praise  the  Lord,  for 
quoniam  bonus;  quoniam  in  He  is  good:  for  His  mercy 
saeculum  misericordia  ejus.  endureth  for  ever. 

Gloria,  etc.  Glory,  etc. 


The  Priest,  standing  at  the  foot  of  the  Altar,  and  bowing  down 
before  it,  signs  himself  with  the  sign  of  the  cross  from  the  fore 
head  to  tlie  breast,  and  says  with  a  distinct  voice: 

*T*N  Nomine  Patris,  «F  ct  *X*X  the  name  of  the  Fa- 
«•«-»  Filii,  et  Spiritus  Sancti.  «•*•»  ther,  4<  and  of  the  Son, 
Amen.  and  of  the  Holy  Ghost.  Amen. 

Then,  joining  his  hands  before  his  breast,  he  begins  the  antiphon  : 

'T'NTROIBO  ad  altare  Dei.  ^  WILL  go  unto  the  altar 

4U  4-,     of  God. 

R.  Ad   Deum,    qui    laeti-  R.  To    God,    Who    giveth 

ficat  juventutem  meam.  joy  to  my  youth. 

In  Masses  for  the  Dead,  and  from  Passion  Sunday  till  Holy  Satur 
day  exclusively,  the  following  Psalm  is  omitted: 

Psalm  XLII.     Judica  me,  Deus. 

S.  HfUDICA    me,    Deus,        P.  77UDGE  me,  O  God, 

eJ     et  discerne  causam  «J     and  distinguish  my 

meam  de  gente  non  sancta:     cause  from  the  nation  that  is 


The  Ordinary  of  the  Holy  Mass. 


241 


ab  homine  iniquo  et  doloso 
erue  me. 

M.  Quia  tu  es,  Deus,  for 
titude  mea,  quare  me  repu- 
listi?  et  quare  tristis  incedo 
dum  affligit  me  inimicus? 

5.  Emitte  lucem  tuam  et 
Teritatem  tuam:  ipsa  me  de- 
duxerunt  et  adduxerunt  in 
montem  sanctum  tuum,  et  in 
tabernacula  tua. 

M.  Et  introibo  ad  altare 
Dei:  ad  Deum,  qui  lastificat 
juventutem  meam. 

5.  Conntebor  tibi  in  cit- 
hara,  Deus,  Deus  meus:  qu 
are  tristis  es,  anima  mea?  et 
quare  conturbas  me? 

M.  Spera  in  Deo,  quoniam 
adhuc  confitebor  illi:  salu- 
tare  vultus  mei,  et  Deus  meus. 

5.  Gloria  Patri,  et  Filio,  et 
Spiritui  Sancto. 

M .  Sicut  erat  in  principio, 
et  nunc,  et  semper,  et  in  sse- 
cula  saeculorum.  Amen. 

V.  Introibo  ad  altare  Dei. 

R.  Ad  Deum,  qui  laetificat 
juventutem  meam. 

V.  Adjutorium  nostrum  in 
nomine  Domini. 

R.  Qui  fecit  ccelum  et  ter- 
ram. 


not  holy:  deliver  me  from  the 
unjust  and  deceitful  man. 

R.  For  Thou,  O  God,  art 
my  strength,  why  hast  Thou 
cast  me  off  ?  and  why  do  I  go 
sorrowful  whilst  the  enemy 
amicteth  me? 

P.  Send  forth  Thy  light 
and  Thy  truth:  they  have 
conducted  me  and  brought 
me  unto  Thy  holy  mount, 
and  into  Thy  tabernacles. 

R.  And  I  will  go  unto  the 
altar  of  God:  to  God,  Who 
giveth  joy  to  my  youth. 

P.  I  will  praise  Thee  on  the 
harp,  O  God,  my  God:  why 
art  thou  sorrowful,  O  my 
soul  ?  and  why  dost  thou  dis 
quiet  me? 

R.  Hope  in  God,  for  I  will 
still  give  praise  to  Him:  Who 
is  the  salvation  of  my  coun 
tenance,  and  my  God. 

P.  Glory  be  to  the  Father, 
etc. 

R.  As  it  was  in  the  begin 
ning,  is  now,  and  ever  shall  be, 
world  without  end.  Amen. 

V.  I  will  go  unto  the  altar 
of  God. 

R.  To  God,  Who  giveth 
joy  to  my  youth. 

V.  Our  help  is  in  the  name 
of  the  Lord. 

R.  Who  hath  made  heaven 
and  earth. 


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The  Ordinary  of  the  Holy  Mass, 


Then,  joining  his  hands  and  humbly  bowing  down,  he  says  the 
Confession  : 


s-ci( 

>^l     ommpotenti,  etc. 

M.  Misereatur  tui  omni 
potens  Deus,  et  dimissw  pec 
catis  tuis,  perducat  te  ad  vi 
tam  aeternam. 

S.  Amen. 

M.  Confiteor  Deo  omni- 
potenti,  beatae  Mariae  semper 
Virgini,  beato  Michaeli  Arch- 
angelo,  beato  Joanni  Baptistse, 
sanctis  Apostolis  Petro  et 
Paulo,  omnibus  sanctis,  et 
t-ibi,  pater,  quia  peccavi  nimis 
cogitatione,  verbo,  et  opere, 
mea  culpa,  mea  culpa,  mea 
maxima  culpa.  Ideo  pre- 
cor  beatam  Mariam  semper 
Virginem,  beatum  Michaelem 
Archangelum,  beatum  Joan- 
nem  Baptistam,  sanctos  Apo- 
stolos  Petrum  et  Paulum  om- 
nes  Sanctos,  et  te  pater,  orare 
pro  me  ad  Dominum  Deum 
nostrum. 


P.  ^    CONFESS   to   al- 

«•*-»     mighty  God,  etc. 

R.  May  almighty  God 
have  mercy  upon  thee,  for 
give  thee  thy  sins,  and  bring 
thee  to  life  everlasting. 

P.  Amen. 

R.  I  confess  to  almighty 
God,  to  blessed  Mary  ever 
virgin,  to  blessed  Michael 
the  archangel,  to  blessed 
John  Baptist,  to  the  holy 
apostles  Peter  and  Paul,  to  all 
the  saints,  and  to  you,  father, 
that  I  have  sinned  exceed 
ingly  in  thought,  word,  and 
deed  (here  strike  the  breast 
thrice},  through  my  fault, 
through  my  fault,  through  my 
most  grievous  fault.  There 
fore  I  beseech  the  blessed 
Mary  ever  virgin,  blessed 
Michael  the  archangel,  bless 
ed  John  Baptist,  the  holy 
apostles  Peter  and  Paul,  all 
the  saints,  and  you,  father,  to 
pray  to  the  Lord  our  God  for 
me. 

Then  the  Priest,  -with  his  hands  joined,  gives  the  absolution,  saying: 


P.    /T\AY  almighty  God 
<*U»     have  mercy  up 
on  you,  forgive  you  your  sins, 
and  bring  you  to   life  ever 
lasting.     R.  Amen. 

Signing  himself  with  the  sign  of  the  cross,  he  says: 
S.    -J-^NDULGEN-        P.  *  (T\  AY  the  almighty 
*•!•»     TIAM,  absolu-  V*-£     and    merciful 

tionem,  et  remissionem  pec-     Lord  grant  us  pardon,  absolu- 


JSEREATUR  ve- 

stri  omnipotens 
Deus,  et  dimissis  peccatis  ve- 
stris,  perducat  vos  ad  vitam 
aeternam.  M.  Amen. 


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catorum     nostrorum     tribuat  tion,    and    remission  of   our 

nobis  omnipotens  et  miseri-  sins, 
cors  Dominus. 

M.  Amen.  R.  Amen. 


Then,  bowing  down,  he  proceeds: 


V. 


^EUS,  tu  conver- 
sus  vivificabis 
nos. 

R.  Et  plebs  tua  laetabitur 
in  te. 

V.  Ostende  nobis,  Domi 
ne,  misericordiam  tuam. 

R.  Et  salutare  tuum  da 
nobis. 

V.  Domine,  exaudi  oratio- 
nem  meam. 

R.  Et  clamor  meus  ad  te 
veniat. 

V.  Dominus  vobiscum. 

R.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo. 


V.  /^HOU  wilt  turn 
v£>  again,  O  God, 
and  quicken  us. 

R.  And  Thy  people  shall 
rejoice  in  Thee. 

V.  Show  us,  O  Lord,  Thy 
mercy. 

R.  And  grant  us  Thy  sal 
vation. 

V.  O  Lord,  hear  my 
prayer. 

R.  And  let  my  cry  come 
unto  Thee. 

V.  The  Lord  be  with  you. 

R.  And  with  thy  spirit. 


First  extending,  and  then  joining  his  hands,  he  says  audibly:  Ore- 
mus;   and  then  ascending  the  Altar,  he  says  secretly: 

'UFER  a  no"  is  quaesu- 
mus,  Domine,  iniqui- 
tates  nostras:  ut  ad  Sancta 
Sanctorum  puris  _  mereamur 
mentibus  introire.  Per  Chris 
tum  Dominum  nostrum. 
Amen. 


away  from  us  our 
iniquities,  we  beseech 
Thee,  O  Lord;  that  we  may 
be  worthy  to  enter  with  pure 
minds  into  the  Holy  of  holies. 
Through  Christ  our  Lord. 
Amen. 


Bowing  down  over  the  Altar,  he  says: 


ORAMUS  te,  Domine,  per 
merita  sanctorum   tuo- 
rum     quorum     reliquiae     hie 
sunt,  et  omnium  sanctorum, 
ut  indulgere   digneris  omnia 
peccata  mea. 
Amen. 


'E  beseech Thee,OLord, 
by  the  merits  of  Thy 
^aints  whose  relics  are  here, 
and  of  all  the  saints,  that 
Thou  wouldst  vouchsafe  to 
forgive  me  all  my  sins. 
Amen. 


244  T?16  Ordinary  of  the  Holy  Mass. 

Prayer  during  the  reading  oj  the  Introit: 

BLESSED  be  the  Holy  Trinity  and  Undivided  Unity; 
we  will  give  praise  to  Him,  because  He  hath  shown 
His  mercy  to  us. 

O  Lord  our  Lord,  how  wonderful  is  Thy  name  in  all 
the  earth! 

Glory  be  to  the  Father,  Who  hath  created  us. 

Glory  be  to  the  Son,  Who  hath  redeemed  us. 

Glory  be  to  the  Holy  Ghost,  Who  hath  sanctified  us. 

Glory  be  to  the  Holy  and  Undivided  Trinity,  one  God, 
for  ever  and  ever.  Amen. 

The  Kyrie  eleison  then  is  said  by  the  Priest  and  Server  alternately: 
YRIE  eleison.  *-*  ORD,  have  mercy  upon 


K 


Christe  eleison.  Christ,  have  mercy  upon 

(ter.)  us.  (Three  times.) 

Kyrie  eleison.  Lord,  have  mercy  upon  us. 

(ter.)  (Three  times.) 

Afterwards,  standing  at  the  middle  of  the  Altar,  extending,  and 
then  joining  his  hands,  and  slightly  bowing,  he  says  (when  it  is 
to  be  said)  the  Gloria  in  Excelsis,  When  he  says  the  words,  We 
adore  Thee,  we  give  Thee  thanks,  Jesus  Christ,  and  Receive 
our  prayer,  he  bows,  and  at  the  end  lie  signs  himself  with  the 
sign  of  the  cross. 

ORIA  in  excelsis  Deo;  /TtfLORY   be    to    God    on 

et  in  terra  pax  homini-  ViJ     high,     and    on    earth 

bus    bonae   voluntatis.     Lau-  peace  to  men  of  good  will.  We 

damus   te;     benedicimus    te;  praise  Thee;    we  bless  Thee; 

adoramus  te;  glorificamus  te.  we  adore  Thee;    we  glorify 

Gratias  agimus  tibi    propter  Thee.     We  give  Thee  thanks 

magnam  gloriam  tuam.    Do-  for  Thy  great  glory,  O  Lord 

mine  Deus,  Rex  coelestis,  De-  God,  heavenly  King,  God  the 

us  Pater  omnipotens.     Domi-  Father    almighty.     O    Lord 

ne  Fili  unigenite  Jesu  Christe;  Jesus  Christ,  the  only-begot- 

Domine    Deus,    Agnus    Dei,  ten  Son:  O  Lord  God,  Lamb 

Films  Patris,  qui  tollis  peccata  of  God,   Son  of  the  Father, 

mundi,   miserere   nobis:    qui  Who  takest  away  the  sins  of 

tollis  peccata  mundi,  suscipe  of  the  world,  have  mercy  on 


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<d*precationem  nostram:  qui  us;  Thou  Who  takest  away 
sedes  ad  dexteram  Patris,  the  sins  of  the  world,  receive 
miserere  hobis.  Quoniam  tu  our  prayers:  Thou  Who  sit- 
solus  sanctus:  tu  solus  Domi-  test  at  the  right  hand  of  the 
mis;  tu  solus  altissimus,  Jesu  Father,  have  mercy  on  us.  For 
Christe,  cum  Sancto  Spiritu,  Thou  only  art  holy:  Thou 
jn  gloria  Dei  Patris.  Amen,  only  art  the  Lord:  Thou  only, 

O  Jesus  Christ,  with  the  Holy 
Ghost,  art  most  high  in  the 
glory  of  God  the  Father. 
Amen. 

The  Priest  kisses  the  Altar,  and,  turning  to  tlte  people,  says: 

V.  *T\OMINUS     vo-        V.  JJ^HE  Lord  be  witf 

i**J     biscum.  >J     you. 

R.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo.  R.  And  with  thy  spirit. 

Then  follow  the  Collects;    which  vary  with  the  season: 

GOD,  the  protector  of  all  that  hope  in  Thee,  with- 
out  Whom  nothing  is  strong,  nothing  is  holy, 
multiply  Thy  mercy  upon  us;  that,  Thou  being  our 
ruler  and  guide,  we  may  so  pass  through  temporal  goods, 
that  we  finally  lose  not  those  which  are  eternal.  Through 
Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

O  God,  the  pastor  and  governor  of  all  the  faithful; 
look  down,  in  Thy  mercy,  on  Thy  servant  N.,  whom 
Thou  hast  appointed  to  preside  over  Thy  Church,  and 
grant,  we  beseech  Thee,  that  both  by  word  and  example, 
he  may  edify  all  those  who  are  under  his  charge ;  so  that, 
with  the  flock  entrusted  to  him,  he  may  arrive  at  length 
at  life  everlasting.  Through,  etc.  Amen. 

Then  the  Epistle  for  the  day  is  read,  as  found  in  the  Missal;  o: 
the  following  may  be  read  instead: 

LESSON.  Wisd.  v.  1-5.  The  just  shall  stand 
with  great  constancy  against  those  that  have  afflicted 
them,  and  taken  away  their  labors.  These  seeing  it 
shall  be  troubled  with  terrible  fear,  and  shall  be  amazed 
at  the  suddenness  of  their  unexpected  salvation,  saying 


246  The  Ordinary  of  the  Holv  Mass. 

within  themselves,  repenting  and  groaning  for  anguish 
of  spirit:  These  are  they  whom  we  had  some  time  in 
derision,  and  for  a  parable  of  reproach.  We  fools  es 
teemed  their  life  madness,  and  their  end  without  honor. 
Behold,  how  they  are  numbered  among  the  children  of 
God,  and  their  lot  is  among  the  saints. 

Alter  -which  is  said: 

Deo  gratias.  Thanks  be  to  God. 

Then  the  Gradual,   Tract,   Alleluia,   or  Sequence,   according  to 
the  time, 

FOR   THE   GRADUAL. 

"T£>  E  Thou  unto  me  a  God,  a  protector,  and  a  house  of 
«-*--*  refuge  to  save  me.  In  Thee,  O  God,  have  I 
hoped;  O  Lord,  let  me  never  be  confounded. 

Deal  not  with  us,  O  Lord,  according  to  our  sins  which 
we  have  committed,  nor  punish  us  according  to  our 
iniquities. 

V.  Help  us,  O  God  our  Saviour;  and  for  the  glory  of 
Thy  name,  O  Lord,  deliver  us,  and  forgive  us  our  sins  for 
Thy  name's  sake. 

After  this,  at  High  Mass,  the  Deacon  places  the  book  of  the  Gos 
pels  on  the  Altar,  and  the  Celebrant  blesses  the  incense.  Then 
the  Deacon,  kneeling  before  the  Altar  -with  joined  hands,  says: 
/TJUNDA  cor  meum  ac  CLEANSE  my  heart  and 
•  ****  labia  mea,  omnipo-  ^\  my  lips,  O  almighty 
tens  Deus,  qui  labia  Isaiae  God,  Who  didst  cleanse  the 
prophetae  calculo  mundasti  lips  of  the  prophet  Isaias  with 
ignito:  ita  me  tua  grata  mi-  a  burning  coal:  and  vouch- 
seratione  dignare  mundare,  ut  safe,  through  Thy  gracious 
sanctum  Evangelium  tuum  mercy,  so  to  purify  me,  that 
digne  valeam  nuntiare.  Per  I  may  worthily  proclaim  Thy 
Christum  Dominum  nostrum,  holy  Gospel.  Through  Christ 
Amen.  our  Lord.  Amen. 

Afterwards  he  takes  the  book  from  the  Altar,  and  again  kneeling 
down  before  the  Priest,  asks  his  blessing,  saying:  Jube,  Domine, 
benedicere.  Tlie  Priest  says: 

OMINUS    sit  in  corde     J^HE  Lord  be  in  thy  heart 
tuo  et  in  labiis  tuis,     ^-*     and  on  thy  lips,  that 


The  Ordinary  of  the  Holy  Mass.  247 

ut  digne  et  competenter  an-  thou  mayst  worthily  and  in  a 
nun  ties  Evangelium  suum:  in  becoming  manner  announce 
nomine  Patris,  et  Filii,  et  «J«  His  holy  Gospel:  in  the  name 
Spiritui  Sancti.  Amen.  of  the  Father,  and  of  the  Son, 

and  •!•  of   the   Holy  Ghost. 

Amen. 

Having  received  the  blessing,  he  kisses  the  hand  of  the  Priest; 
and  then,  with  incense  and  lighted  candles,  he  goes  to  the  place 
•where  the  Gospel  is  read,  and  standing  -with  his  hands  joined, 
says: 

V.  Dominus  vobiscum.  V.  The  Lord  be  with  you 

R.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo.  R.  And  with  thy  spirit. 

Then,  giving  out: 

V.  Sequentia  (vel   initium)         V.  The    continuation     (or 
sancti  Evangelii  secundum  N.     beginning)  of  the  holy  Gos 
pel  according  to  N. 

He  makes  the  sign  of  tlw  cross  with  the  thumb  of  his  right  hand  on 
the  Gospel  which  he  is  to  read,  and  on  his  forehead,  mouth,  and 
breast  (the  people  doing  the  same};  and  while  the  Minister  and 
people  answer: 

R.  Gloria  tibi,  Domine.  R.  Glory  be  to  Thee,  O 

Lord. 

He  incenses  the  book  three  times,  and  then  reads  the  Gospel. 
FOR   THE    GOSPEL. 

that  time:  Peter  said  to  Jesus:  Behold  we  have 
left  all  things,  and  have  followed  Thee:  what 
therefore  shall  we  have  ?  And  Jesus  said  to  them :  Amen, 
I  say  to  you,  that  you  who  have  followed  Me  in  the  regen 
eration,  when  the  Son  of  man  shall  sit  on  the  seat  of  His 
Majesty  you  also  shall  sit  on  twelve  seats  judging  the  twelve 
tribes  of  Israel.  And  every  one  that  hath  left  house,  or 
brethren,  or  sisters,  or  father,  or  mother,  or  wife,  or  chil 
dren,  or  lands  for  My  name's  sake,  shall  receive  an  hun 
dredfold,  and  shall  possess  life  everlasting. 

Then  is  said: 

R.  Laus  tibi,  Christe.  R.  Praise  be  to  Thee,   O 

Christ. 


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The  Subdeacon  then  carries  the  book  to  the  Priest;  he  kisses  the 
Gospel,  saying: 

ER  evangelica  dicta  de-     *!£>  Y  the  words  of  the  Gos- 
leantur  nostra  delicta.     t*&     pel   may  our   sins   be 
blotted  out. 

Here  the  Sermon  is  usually  preached. 

Then  at  the  middle  0}  the  Altar,  extending,  elevating,  and  joining 
his  hands,  the  Priest  says  the  Nicene  Creed  (when  it  is  to  be 
said),  keeping  his  hands  joined.  When  he  says  the  words: 
God,  Jesus  Christ,  and:  is  adored,  he  bows  his  head  to  the  cross. 
But  at  the  words:  and  was  incarnate,  he  kneels  down,  and  con 
tinues  kneeling  to  the  words:  was  made  man.  At  the  words : 
the  life  of  the  world  to  come,  he  signs  himself  with  the  sign 
o)  the  cross  jrom  the  forehead  to  the  breast. 


O REDO  in  unum    Deum, 
Patrem  omnipotentem, 
Factorem  coeli  et  terras,  visi- 
bilium    omnium    et   invisibi- 
lium. 

Et  in  unum  Dominum 
Jesum  Christum,  Filium  Dei 
unigenitum,  et  ex  Patre  na- 
tum  ante  omnia  saecula.  De 
um.  de  Deo;  Lumen  de  Lu- 
mine;  Deum  verum  de  Deo 
vero;  genitum  non  factum; 
consubstantialem  Patri,  per 
quern  omnia  facta  sunt.  Qui 
propter  nos  homines,  et  prop- 
ter  nostram  salutem,  descen- 
dit  de  ccelis;  et  incarnatus  est 
de  Spiritu  Sancto  ex  Maria 
Virgine:  ET  HOMO  FACTUS  EST 
(hie  genuftectitur) .  Cruci- 
fixus  etiam  pro  nobis:  sub 
Pontio  Pilato  passus  et  se- 
pultus  est.  Et  resurrexit  tertia 
die  secundum  Scripturas:  et 
ascendit  in  ccelum,  sedet  ad 
dexteram  Patris:  et  iterum 
venturus  est  cum  gloria  judi- 


BELIEVE  in  one  God, 
the  Father  almighty, 
Maker  of  heaven  and  earth, 
and  of  all  things  visible  and 
invisible. 

And  in  one  Lord  Jesus 
Christ,  the  only-begotten  Son 
of  God,  born  of  the  Father 
before  all  ages.  God  of  God; 
Light  of  Light;  true  God  of 
true  God;  begotten  not  made; 
consubstantial  with  the  Fa 
ther,  by  Whom  all  things  were 
made.  Who  for  us  men,  and 
and  for  our  salvation,  came 
down  from  heaven;  and  was 
incarnate  by  the  Holy  Ghost 
of  the  Virgin  Mary:  AND  WAS 
MADE  MAN  (here  kneel  down). 
He  was  crucified  also  for  us, 
suffered  under  Pontius  Pilate, 
and  was  buried.  The  third 
day  He  rose  again  according  to 
the  Scriptures;  and  ascended 
into  heaven,  and  sitteth  at  the 
right  hand  of  the  Father:  and 
He  shall  come  again  with 


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care  vivos  et  mortuos:   cujus 
regni  non  erit  finis. 

Et  in  Spiritum  Sanctum, 
Dominum  et  vivificantem, 
qui  ex  Patre  Filioque  proce- 
dit:  qui  cum  Patre  et  Filio 
simul  adoratur  et  conglorifi- 
catur;  qui  locutus  est  per  pro- 
phetas.  Et  unam  sanctam 
Catholicam  et  Apostolicam 
Ecclesiam.  Confiteor  unum 
baptisma  in  remissionem  pec- 
catorum.  Et  expecto  resur- 
rectionem  mortuorum,  et  vi- 
tam  venturi  saeculi.  Amen. 


glory  to  judge  both  the  living 
and  the  dead:  of  Whose  king 
dom  there  shall  be  no  end. 

And  I  believe  in  the  Holy 
Ghost,  the  Lord  and  Life- 
giver,  Who  proceedeth  from 
the  Father  and  the  Son:  Who 
together  with  the  Father  and 
the  Son  is  adored  and  glori 
fied;  Who  spake  by  the 
prophets.  And  one  Holy 
Catholic  and  Apostolic 
Church.  I  confess  one  bap 
tism  for  the  remission  of  sins. 
And  I  look  for  the  resurrec 
tion  of  the  dead,  and  the  life 
of  the  world  to  come.  Amen. 


Then  he  kisses  the  Altar,  and  turning  to  the  people,  says: 


V.  Dominus  vobiscum. 
R.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo. 


V.  The  Lord  be  with  you. 
R.  And  with  thy  spirit. 


Then  he  says  Oremus,  and  reads  the  Offertory.  This  being  fin 
ished,  the  Priest  takes  the  paten  with  the  Host  (if  it  is  High 
Mass,  the  Deacon  hands  the  Priest  the  paten  with  the  Host), 
and  offering  it  up,  says: 


BUSCIPE,  sancte  Pater 
omnipotens,  aeterne 
Deus,  hanc  immaculatam 
Hostiam,  quam  ego  indignus 
famulus  tuus  offero  tibi  Deo 
meo  vivo  et  vero,  pro  innu- 
merabilibus  peccatis,  et  offen- 
sionibus,  et  negligentiis  meis, 
et  pro  omnibus  circumstan- 
tibus;  sed  et  pro  omnibus 
fidelibus  Christianis,  vivis  at- 
que  defunctis:  ut  mihi  et 
illis  proficiat  ad  salutem  in 
vitam  aeternam.  Amen. 


CCEPT,  O  holy  Father, 
,  almighty,  eternal  God, 
this  immaculate  Host,  which  I, 
Thy  unworthy  servant,  offer 
unto  Thee,  my  living  and  true 
God,  for  my  innumerable 
sins,  offences,  and  negli 
gences,  and  for  all  here  pres 
ent;  as  also  for  all  faithful 
Christians,  both  living  and 
dead,  that  it  may  be  profitable 
for  my  own  and  for  their  sal 
vation  unto  life  eternal. 
Amen. 


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O 


Then,  making  the  sign  of  the  cross  with  the  paten,  lie  places  the 
Host  upon  the  corporal.  The  Priest  pours  wine  and  water  into 
the  chalice,  blessing  the  water  before  it  is  mixed,  saying: 

GOD,  •!«  W'ho,  in  cre 
ating  human  nature, 
didst  wonderfully  dignify  it; 
and  hast  still  more  wonder 
fully  renewed  it;  grant  that, 
by  the  mystery  of  this  water 
and  wine,  we  may  be  made 
partakers  of  His  divinity,  Who 
vouchsafed  to  become  par 
taker  of  our  humanity,  Jesus 
Christ,  Thy  Son,  Our  Lord; 
Who  liveth  and  reigneth  with 
Thee  in  the  unity  of,  etc. 


qui  humanae 
substantial  dignitatem 
mirabiliter  condidisti,  et  mi- 
rabilius  reformasti;  da  nobis 
per  hujus  aquae  et  vini  my- 
sterium,  ejus  divinitatis  esse 
consortes,  qui  humanitatis 
nostrae  fieri  dignatus  est  par- 
ticeps.  Jesus  Christus,  Fili- 
us  tuus,  Dominus  noster;  qui 
tecum  vivit  et  regnat  in  uni- 
tate  Spiritus  Sancti  Deus,  per 
omnia  sascula  saeculorum. 
Amen. 


Tn  Masses  for  the  Dead,  the  foregoing  prayer  is  said,  but  the  water 
is  not  blessed.  Then  the  Priest  takes  the  chalice,  and  offers  it, 
saying: 

/"JFFERIMUS    tibi, 
^^     mine,     calicem 


Do- 

salu- 

taris,  tuam  deprecantes  cle- 
mentiam,  ut  in  conspectu  di- 
vinae  Majestatis  tuas,  pro  no- 
stra  et  totius  mundi  salute  cum 
odore  suavitatis  ascendat. 

Amen. 


offer  unto  Thee,  O 
Lord,  the  chalice  of 
salvation,  beseeching  Thy 
clemency,  that  in  the  sight  of 
Thy  divine  Majesty  it  may 
ascend  with  the  odor  of  sweet 
ness,  for  our  salvation,  and 
for  that  of  the  whole  world. 
Amen. 


Then  he  makes  tlie  sign  of  tJte  cross  with  tJte  chalice,  places  it  upon 
the  corporal,  and  covers  it  with  tlie  pall.  Then,  with  his  hands 
joined  upon  the  Altar,  and  slightly  bowing  down,  he  says : 

(At  Hi°h  Mass,  the  Subdeacon  here  receives  the  paten,  which  he 
envelops  in  the  extremities  of  tlie  veil  with  which  his  shoulders 
are  mantled,  and  then  goes  and  stands  behind  the  Celebrant 
iintil  the  conclusion  of  the  Pater  noster.) 

IN    spiritu   humilitatis,  et  *T*N  the  spirit  of  humility, 

in    animo    contrite,  su-  •*-*     and  with  a  contrite  heart, 

£,cipiamur  a  te,  Domine,  et  sic  let  us  be  received  by  Thee,  O 

fiat  sacrificium  nostrum  in  con-  Lord,  and  grant  that  the  sac- 


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spectu  tuo  hodie,  ut  placeat     rifice  we  offer  in  Thy  sight 
tibi,  Domine  Deus.  this  day  may  be  pleasing  to 

Thee,  O  Lord  God. 

The  Priest,  elevating  his  eyes  toward  heaven,  and  stretching  out 
his  hands,  -which  he  afterward  joins,  makes  the  sign  of  the 
cross  over  the  Host  and  chalice,  while  he  says : 

VENI,   sanctificator,  om-  fS"OME,   O   Sanctifier,  al- 

nipotens,  aeterneDeus;  V>>{     mighty,    eternal    God, 

et  bene  <%•  die  hoc  sacrificium,  and  bless  •%•  this  sacrifice,  pre- 

tuo  sancto   nomini    praspara-  pared  to  Thy  holy  name, 
turn. 

At  High  Mass,  he,  in  the  following  prayer,  blesses  the  incense: 

R  intercessionem  beati  {TV^  the  Lord,  by  the  in- 

Michaelis  Archangeli,  *****     tercession   of   blessed 

stands  a  dextris  Altaris  In-  Michael  the  archangel,  stand- 

censi,   et  omnium  electorum  ing  at  the  right  hand  of  the 

suorum,  incensum  istud  dig-  altar  of  incense,  and  of  all  His 

netur    Dominus    benedicere,  elect,  vouchsafe  to  bless  this 

et  in  odorem  suavitatis  acci-  incense,  and  receive  it  as  an 

pere.     Per   Christum   Domi-  odor  of  sweetness.    Through, 

num  nostrum.     Amen.  etc.     Amen. 

Receiving  the  thurible  from  the  Deacon,  he  incenses  the  bread  and 
wine,  saying: 

INCENSUM    istud    a    te     (T)AY    this  incense  which 
benedictum  ascendat  ad     N^»     Thou  hast  blessed,  O 
te,  Domine,  et  descendat  su-     Lord,   ascend   to  Thee,   and 
per  nos  misericordia  tua.  may  Thy  mercy  descend  upon 

us. 

Then  he  incenses  the  Altar,  saying: 

IGATUR,     Domine,  *T~i  ET  my  prayer,  O  Lord, 

oratio    mea  sicut   in-  «•*— •     ascend  like  incense  in 

censum    in     conspectu     tuo:  Thy  sight:   and  the  lifting  up 

elevatio  manuum  mearum  sa-  of  my  hands  be  as  an   eve- 

crificium  vespertinum.     Pone,  ning  sacrifice.     Set  a  watch, 

Domine,  custodiam  ori  meo,  O   Lord,   before   my  mouth, 

et  ostium  circumstantiae  labiis  and  a  door  round  about  my 

meis,    ut     non    declinet     cor  lips  that  my  heart  may  not 
meum  in  verba   malitiae,   ad 


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excusandas     excusationes     in     incline  to  evil  words,  to  make 
peccatis.  excuses  in  sins. 

While  he  gives  the  censer  to  the  Deacon,  he  says  secretly  these 
words,  and  is  afterwards  incensed  by  the  Deacon  and  then  the 
others  in  order: 

'CCENDAT     in    nobis  fT\AY   the  Lord   enkindle 

Dominus   ignem    sui  M^     in   us  the  fire  of  His 

amoris,  et   flammam    seternse  love,  and  the  flame  of  ever- 

caritatis.     Amen.  lasting  charity.     Amen. 

TJte  Priest,  with  his  hands  joined,  goes  to  the  Epistle  side  of  the 
Altar,  where  he  washes  his  fingers  as  he  recites  the  following 
verses  of  Ps.  xxv. 

JAVABO  inter  innocentes 
manus   meas:    et   cir- 
cumdabo    altare    tuum,    Do 
mine. 

Ut  audiam  vocem  laudis: 
et  enarrem  universa  mira- 
bilia  tua. 

Domine,     dilexi     decorem 


I  WILL  wash  my  hands 
among  the  innocent: 
and  will  encompass  Thy  altar, 
O  Lord. 

That  I  may  hear  the  voice 
of  praise,  and  tell  of  all  Thy 
marvelous  works. 

I  have  loved,  O  Lord,  the 

domus  tuae,  et  locum  habita-  beauty  of  Thy  house,  and  the 

place  where  Thy  glory  dwell- 
eth. 

Take  not  away  my  soul,  O 
God,  with  the  wicked,  nor 
my  life  with  bloody  men. 

In  whose  hands  are  iniqui 
ties:  their  right  hand  is  filled 
with  gifts. 

As  for  me,  I  have  walked 
in  my  innocence:  redeem  me, 
and  have  mercy  upon  me. 

My  foot  hath  stood  in  the 
right  path:  in  the  churches  I 
will  bless  Thee,  O  Lord. 

Glory  be,  etc. 

Returning,  and  bowing  before  the  middle  of  the  Altar,  with  joined 
hands,  he  says: 

sancta    Trini-     *»Tk  ECEIVE,  O  holy  Trin- 


tionis  gloriae  tuae. 

Ne  perdas  cum  impiis, 
Deus,  animam  meam;  et  cum 
viris  sanguinum  vitam  meam. 

In  quorum  manibus  iniqui- 
tates  sunt:  dextera  eorum 
repleta  est  muneribus. 

Ego  autem  in  innocentia 
mea  ingressus  sum:  redirne 
me,  et  miserere  mei. 

Pes  meus  stetit  in  directo: 
in  ecclesiis  benedicarn  te, 
Domine. 

Gloria  Patri,  etc. 


tas,    hanc    oblationem 


ity,      this      oblation, 


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quam  tibi  offerimus  ob  me- 
moriam  Passionis,  Resurrec- 
tionis,  et  Ascensionis  Jesu 
Christi  Domini  nostri:  et  in 
honorem  beatae  Mariae  sem 
per  Virginis,  et  beati  Joannis 
Baptistae,  et  sanctorum  Apos- 
tolorum  Petri  et  Pauli,  et 
istorum  et  omnium  Sanc 
torum:  ut  illis  proficiat  ad 
honorem,  nobis  autem  ad 
salutem:  et  illi  pro  nobis  in- 
tercedere  dignentur  in  coelis, 
quorum  memoriam  agimus 
in  terris.  Per  eumdem  Chris 
tum  Dominum  nostrum. 
Amen. 


which  we  make  to  Thee,  in 
memory  of  the  Passion,  Res 
urrection,  and  Ascension  of 
Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  and  in 
honor  of  the  blessed  Mary 
ever  virgin,  of  blessed  John 
Baptist,  the  holy  apostles 
Peter  and  Paul,  of  these  and 
of  all  the  saints:  that  it  may 
be  available  to  their  honor 
and  our  salvation:  and  may 
they  vouchsafe  to  intercede 
for  us  in  heaven,  whose  mem 
ory  we  celebrate  on  earth. 
Through  the  same  Christ  our 
Lord.  Amen. 


Then  he  passes  the  Altar,  and  having  turned  himself  towards  the 
people,  extending  and  joining  his  hands,  he  raises  his  voice  a 


little,  and  says: 

ORATE,  fratres,  ut  meum 
ac  vestrum   sacrificium 
acceptabile  fiat  apud  Deum 
Patrem  omnipotentem. 

R.  Suscipiat  Dominus  sa 
crificium  de  manibus  tuis,  ad 
laudem  et  gloriam  nominis 
sui,  ad  utilitatem  quoque  no- 
stram,  totiusque  Ecclesiae  suae 
sanctae. 


BRETHREN,  pray  that 
my  sacrifice  and  yours 
may  be  acceptable  to  God  the 
Father  almighty. 

R.  May  the  Lord  receive 
the  sacrifice  from  thy  hands, 
to  the  praise  and  glory  of  His 
name,  to  our  benefit,  and  to 
that  of  all  His  holy  Church. 


The  Priest  answers  in  a  low  voice,  Amen. 
Then    with  outstretched  hands,   he  recites  the 

Secret  Prayers. 
Which  being  finished,  he  says  in  an  audible  voice: 

V.  tTER  omnia   saecula         V.  '/fl  1  'ORLD     without 

vxA. 


saeculorum. 
R.  Amen. 

V.  Dominus  vobiscum. 
R.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo. 


end. 
R.  Amen. 

V.  The  Lord  be  with  you. 
R.  And  with  thy  spirit. 


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R    It  is  meet  and  just. 


Here  he  uplifts  his  hands: 
V.  ^URSUM  corda.  V.  ^y 'I FT     up      your 

J^7  r-» — *     hearts. 

R.  Habemus  ad  Dominum.         R.  We  have  them  lifted  up 

unto  the  Lord. 

He  joins  his  hands  before  his  breast,  and  bows  his  head  while  he 

says: 

V.  /^(RATIAS     agamus  V.  *w-^  ET  us  give  thanks 

Vi)     Domino  Deo  no-  JL- »     to  the  Lord  our 

stro. 

R.  Dignum  et  justum  est. 

The  following  Preface  is  said  on  all  Ferias  and  on  those  Fes 
tivals  which  have  none  proper,  and  in  all  Masses  for  the  Dead. 
VERE  dignum  et  justum  'T'T  is  truly  meet  and  just, 
est,  aequum  et  salu-  «•*•» 
tare,  nos  tibi  semper  et  ubi- 
que  gratias  agere,  Domine 
sancte,  Pater  omnipotens, 
seterne  Deus.  *  Per  Chris 
tum  Dominum  nostrum:  per 
quern  Majestatem  tuam  lau- 
dant  angeli,  adorant  domina- 
tiones,tremunt  potestates,  cceli 
ccelorumque  virtutes,  ac  beata 


seraphim,  socia  exultatione 
concelebrant.  Cum  quibus  et 
nostras  voces,  ut  admitti  ju- 
beas  deprecamur,  supplici 
confessione  dicentes: 


Sanctus,  sanctus,  sanctus, 
Dominus  Deus  Sabaoth. 

Pleni  sunt  coeli  et  terra 
gloria  tua. 

Hosanna  in  excelsis. 


right  and  salutary,  that 
we  should  always,  and  in  all 
places,  give  thanks  to  Thee,  O 
holy  Lord,  Father  almighty, 
eternal  God.  *  Through 
Christ  our  Lord:  through 
Whom  the  angels  praise  Thy 
Majesty,  the  dominations 
adore,  the  powers  do  hold  in 
in  awe,  the  heavens,  and  the 
virtues  of  the  heavens  and 
the  blessed  seraphim,  do  cele 
brate  with  united  joy.  In 
union  with  whom,  we  be 
seech  Thee  that  Thou  wouldst 
command  our  voices  also  to 
be  admitted,  with  suppliant 
confession,  saying, 

Holy,  holy,  holy,  Lord  God 
of  Sabaoth. 

Heaven  and  earth  are  full 
of  Thy  glory. 

Hosanna  in  the  highest. 


*  This  mark  refers  to  the  variation  of  the  proper  Prefaces  for 
certain  days. 


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Benedictus  qui  venit  in  no 
mine  Domini. 
Hosanna  in  excelsis. 


Blessed  is  He  that  cometh 
in  the  name  of  the  Lord. 
Hosanna  in  the  highest. 


On  Trinity  Sunday,  and  on  every  other  Sunday  in  the  year 
that  has  no  proper  Preface. 

>ERE  ...  *  Qui  cum  uni-    * 
Filio 


V: 
genito  Filio  tuo  et 
Spiritu  Sancto  unus  es  Deus, 
unus  es  Dominus:  non  in 
unius  singularitate  Personae, 
sed  in  unius  Trinitate  sub- 
stantise.  Quod  enim  de  tua 
gloria,  revelante  te,  credimus, 
hoc  de  Filio  tuo,  hoc  de  Spi 
ritu  Sancto,  sine  differentia 
discretionis  sentimus.  Ut  in 
confessione  verae  sempiternae- 
que  Deitatis,  et  in  Personis 
proprietas,  et  in  essentia  uni- 
tas,  et  in  Majestate  adoretur 
aequalitas.  Quern  laudant 
angeli  atque  archangeli,  che 
rubim  quoque  ac  seraphim, 
qui  non  cessant  clamare  quo- 
tidie,  una  voce  dicentes:  Sanc- 
tus,  etc. 


VVJI'HO  together  with  Thy 
vxA»  only-begotten  Son, 
and  the  Holy  Ghost,  art  one 
God,  and  one  Lord:  not  in  a 
singularity  of  one  Person,  but 
in  a  Trinity  of  one  substance. 
For  that  which,  by  Thy  reve 
lation,  we  believe  of  Thy 
glory,  the  same  we  believe 
of  Thy  Son,  and  the  same  of 
the  Holy  Ghost,  without  any 
difference  or  distinction. 
That,  in  the  confession  of  a 
true  and  eternal  Deity,-  dis 
tinctness  in  the  Persons, 
unity  in  the  essence,  and 
equality  in  the  Majesty  may 
be  adored  Whom  the  an 
gels  and  archangels,  the  cher 
ubim  also  and  seraphim  do 
praise,  who  cease  not  daily 
to  cry  out  with  one  voice,  say 
ing:  Holy,  etc. 

From  Christmas  day  till  the  Epiphany  (except  in  the  Octave 
of  St.  John), -on  the  Purification,  Corpus  Christi  and  its 
Octave,  the  Trans-figuration,  The  Holy  Name  of  Jesus,  and 
in  Masses  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament. 

N.B.  Prefaces  thus  marked  f  are  concluded  in  the  same  man 
ner  as  this. 


VERE  ...  *  Quia  per 
incarnati  Verbi  my- 
sterium,  nova  mentis  nostraj 
oculis  lux  tuae  claritatis  in- 
fulsit:  ut  dum  visibiliter 
Deum  cognoscimus,  per  hunc 


BECAUSE  by  the  mystery 
of  the  Word  made 
flesn,  the  new  light  of  Thy 
brightness  hath  shone  upon 
the  eyes  of  our  minds:  that 
while  we  behold  God  visibly, 


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in  invisibilium  amorem  ra- 
piamur.  t  Et  ideo  cum  an- 
gelis  et  archangelis,  cum 
thronis  et  dominationibus, 
cumqiie  omni  militia  coelestis 
exercitus,  hymnum  gloriae  tuae 
canimus,  sine  fine  dicentes: 
Sanctas,  etc. 

Within  the  Action,  or  more 

aOMMUNICANTES,  et 
diem  sacratissimum  ce- 
lebrantes,  quo  beatae  Mariae 
intemerata  virginitas  huic 
mundo  edidit  Salvatorem. 
Sed  et  memoriam  venerantes, 
in  primis  ejusdem  gloriosae 
semper  Virginis  Mariae,  geni- 
tricis 'ejusdem  Dei  et  Domini 
nostri  Jesu  Christi;  sed  et 
beatorum  apostolorum  ac 
martyrum  tuorum,  etc. 


we  may  by  Him  be  carried 
on  to  the  love  of  things  in 
visible,  f  And  therefore  with 
angels  and  archangels,  with 
thrones  and  dominations,  and 
with  all  the  army  of  heaven, 
we  sing  a  hymn  to  Thy  glory, 
saying  without  ceasing:  Holy, 
etc. 

solemn  part  of  the  sacrifice: 

OO  M  M  U  N I  C  ATING 
and  celebrating  the  most 
sacred  day  on  which  the  un- 
violatcd  virginity  of  Blessed 
Mary  gave  to  this  world  a 
Saviour.  As  also  venerating 
the  memory,  in  the  first 
place,  of  the  same  glorious 
Mary,  ever  virgin,  Mother 
of  the  same  Our  God  and 
Lord  Jesus  Christ;  and  like 
wise  of  Thy  blessed  apostles 
and  martvrs,  etc. 


/;/  the  Midnight  Mass  is  said: 

kOCTEM  sacratissimam     /^HE    most    sacred    night 
celebrantes,  qua.  V^P     on  which. 

But  in   all   Masses    afterward   it   is   said   as  above,  to   the 
Octave  of  the  Nativity,  inclusively. 

On  the  Epiphany,  and  during  its  Octave. 


QUIA    cum     unigenitus 
tuus  in  substantia  no- 
strae     mortalitatis     apparuit, 


:  «*VECAUSE  when    Thy 
t*ZJ     only-begotten      Son 
appeared  in  the  substance  oi 

nova  nos   immortalitatis  suae    our  mortal  flesh,  He  repaired 
luce  reparavit.     t  Et  ideo,  etc.     us  by  the  new  light  of  His  im- 
*         mortality,     f  And  therefore. 

Within  the  Action. 

OMMUNICANTES,    et    COMMUNICATING 

diem       sacratissimum     V>{     and     celebrating     the 


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celebrantes,  quo  unigenitus 
tuus  in  tua  tecum  gloria  coae- 
ternus,  in  veritate  carnis  no- 
strae  visibiliter  corporalis  ap- 
paruit.  Sed  et  memoriam 
venerantes,  in  primis  gloriosae 
semper  Virginis  Marias,  geni- 
tricis  ejusdem  Dei  et  Domini 
nostri  Jesu  Christ:  sed  et 
beatorum  apostolorum,  etc. 


most  sacred  day,  on  which 
Thy  only-begotten  Son,  co- 
eternal  with  Thee  in  Thy 
glory,  appeared  visibly  in 
the  truth  of  our  bodily  flesh. 
As  also  venerating  the  mem 
ory,  in  the  first  place,  of  the 
glorious  Mary  ever  virgin, 
Mother  of  the  same  Our  God 
and  Lord  Jesus  Christ:  and 
likewise  of  Thy  blessed  apos 
tles,  etc. 

From  Ash  Wednesday  to  Passion  Sunday,  except  in  Feasts 
which  have  a  proper  Preface. 

*  f\UI     corporali     jejunio    *V7TT'HO  by  bodily  fasting 
*^    vitia  comprimis,  men-       VXA/  dost  repress  vices,  ele- 

tem  elevas,  virtutem  largiris  vate  the  mind,  bestow  virtue 
et  prcemia.  Per  Christum,  and  rewards.  Through,  etc. 
etc. 

From  Passion  Sunday   till  Maundy    Thursday,   and  Feasts 
oj  the  holy  cross  and  of  the  Passion. 

*  f\m     salutem     humani      ^fjTf^0   didst   effect    *e 
V£     generis  in  ligno  cm-        VXA»   salvation  of  mankind 

cis  constituisti:  ut  unde  mors  on  the  wood  of  the  cross:  that 
oriebatur,  inde  vita  resur-  from  whence  death  came, 
geret:  et  qui  in  ligno  vincebat,  thence  life  might  arise;  and 
in  ligno  quoque  vinceretur.  that  he  who  overcame  by  the 
Per  Christum,  etc.  tree,  might  also  by  the  tree 

be  overcome.     Through,  etc. 

From  Holy  Saturday  till  Ascension  day,  and  on  Festivals 
occurring  in  this  time,  unless  they  have  proper  Prefaces  of 
their  own.  In  the  Mass  of  Holy  Saturday  is  said,  chiefly 
on  this  night;  on  Easter  day,  until  the  Saturday  following, 
chiefly  on  this  day;  after  that,  chiefly  at  this  time. 

VERE  dignum  et  justum     *T*T  is  truly  meet,  just,  right, 
est,   aequam    et    salu-     4-,     and  salutary  to   praise 
tare,     te     quidem     Domine,     Thee,  O  Lord,  at  all  times, 
omni   tempore,    sed   [in    hac    but  chiefly  [on  this  night  or 
potissimum  nocte  vel  die,  vel]    day,  or]  at  this  time,  when 


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in  hoc  potissimum  gloriosius 
preedicare,  cum  Pascha  no 
strum  immolatus  est  Christus. 
Ipse  enim  verus  est  Agnus, 
qui  abstulit  peccata  mundi. 
Qui  mortem  nostram  mori- 
endo  destruxit,  et  vitam  resur- 
gendo  reparavit.  f  Et  ideo, 
etc. 


Christ  our  Passover  was  sac 
rificed  for  us.  For  He  is  the 
true  Lamb,  Who  took  away 
the  sins  of  the  world.  Who 
by  dying  destroyed  our  death, 
and  by  rising  again  restored 
our  life,  f  -^nd  therefore,  etc. 


Within  the  Action. 


TO  M  M  U  N I  C  ANTES 

et  diem  sacratissimum 
celebrantes  Resurrectionis 
Domini  nostri  Jesu  Christi 
secundum  carnem:  sed  et 
memoriam,  etc. 

Then  as 

NC  igitur  oblationem 
servitutis  nostrae,  sed  et 
cunctae  familiar  tuas,  quam 
tibi  offerimus  pro  his  quoque 
quos  regenerare  dignatus  es 
ex  aqua  et  Spiritu  Sancto, 
tribuens  eis  remissionem  om 
nium  peccatorum,  quaesumus 
Domine  ut  placatus  accipias, 
etc. 


cr 


COMMUNICATING  and 

celebrating  the  most 
sacred  day  of  the  Resurrection 
of  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ, 
according  to  the  flesh :  as  also 
venerating,  etc. 

follows: 

'E  beseech  Thee,  there- 
fore,  O  Lord,  favor 
ably  to  receive  this  oblation 
of  our  service  and  that  of  all 
Thy  family,  which  we  offer 
to  Thee  for  these  also  whom 
Thou  hast  been  pleased  to  re 
generate  of  water  and  the 
Holy  Spirit,  granting  them 
remission  of  all  sins,  etc. 


This  is  said  from  Holy  Saturday  till  the  Saturday  following 
(inclusively),  but  in  the  Mass  of  Holy  Saturday  is  said, 
et  noctem  sacratissimam,  this  most  sacred  night. 

From  Ascension  day  till  Whitsun-eve,  except  on  Feasts  which 
have  their  proper  Preface. 

*  >T£>ER    Christum    Domi-  *  JJJHROUGH  Christ  our 

.J—      num    nostrum.     Qui  ^-^     Lord.    Who  after  His 

post  Resurrectionem  suam  om-  Resurrection  appeared  openly 

nibus    discipuJis    suis    mani-  to  all   His   disciples,   and  in 

festus  apparuit,  et  ipsis  cer-  their  sight  ascended  up  into 

nentibus  est  elevatus  in  coe-  heaven,  to  make  us  partakers 


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lum,   ut   nos   divinitatis   suae    of  His  divinity, 
tribuerit  esse  participes.    f  Et     fore,  etc. 
ideo,  etc. 

Within  the  Action. 


t  And  there- 


aOMMUNICANTES 
et  diem  sacratissimum 
celebrantes,  quo  Dominus  no- 
ster,  unigenitus  Filius  tuus, 
unitam  sibi  fragilitatis  no- 
stras  substantiam,  in  gloriae 
tuse  dextera  collocavit.  Sed 
et  memoriam  venerantes,  in 
primis  gloriosae  semper  Virgi- 
nis  Marias,  genitricis  ejusdem 
Dei  et  Domini  nostri,  etc. 


OOMMUNICATING 
and  celebrating  the  most 
sacred  day  on  which  Our 
Lord,  Thy  only-begotten  Son, 
placed  on  the  right  hand  of 
Thy  glory  the  substance  of  our 
frailty  united  to  Himself.  As 
also  venerating  the  memory, 
in  the  first  place,  of  the  glori 
ous  Mary,  ever  virgin,  Moth 
er  of  the  same  Our  God  and 
Lord,  etc. 

And  it  is  said  during  the  Octave. 

From  Whitsun-eve  till  Trinity  Sunday;  and  in  Votive  Masses 
of  the  Holy  Ghost,  omitting  the  words,  this  day. 

>ER  Christum  Domi- 
num  nostrum.  Qui 
ascendens  super  omnes  coelos, 
sedensque  ad  dexteram  tuam, 
promissum  Spiritum  Sanc 
tum  [hodierna  die]  in  filios 
adoptionis  effudit.  Quaprop- 
ter  profusis  gaudiis  totus  in 
orbe  terrarum  mundus  ex- 
ultat:  sed  et  supernae  vir- 
tutes  atque  angelicse  potes- 
tates  hymnum  glorise  tuae 
concinunt,  sine  fine  dicentes: 
Sanctus,  etc. 

Within  the  Action. 

OMMUNIC  ANTES  COMMUNICATING 
^^\  '  and  celebrating  the 
most  sacred  day  of  Pentecost, 
on  which  the  Holy  Ghost  ap- 


*J^HROUGH  Christ  our 
>£j  Lord,  Who,  ascending 
above  all  the  heavens,  and 
sitting  at  Thy  right  hand,  sent 
down  the  promised  Holy 
Spirit  [this  day]  upon  the 
children  of  adoption.  Where 
fore  all  the  whole  world  ex 
ults  with  overflowing  joy; 
also  the  heavenly  virtues  and 
the  angelic  powers  together 
hymn  Thy  glory,  saying  ever 
lastingly:  Holy,  etc. 


et  diem  sacratissimum 
Pentecostes  celebrantes,  quo 
Spiritus  Sanctus  apostolis  in 


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igneis  linguis  appamit.     Sed     peared    to    the    apostles     Jn 
et  memoriam,  etc.  fiery  tongues.     As  also  ven 

erating,  etc. 

Then  as  follows: 

"p^  ANC  igitur  oblationem  VVJI'E  beseech  Thee,  there- 

r»-C     servitutis  nostras,  sed  VXA»     fore,  O    Lord,  favor- 

et  cunctae  familiae  tuae,  quam  ably  to  receive  this  oblation 

tibi  offerimus  pro  his  quoque  of  our  service  and  that  of  all 

quos  regenerare  dignatus  es  Thy  family,  which  we  offer 

ex    aqua    et    Spiritu    Sancto,  to  Thee  for  these  also  whom 

tribuens  eis  remissionem  om-  Thou   hast   been   pleased    to 

nium  peccatorum,  quaesumus  regenerate  of  water  and  the 

Domine  ut  placatus  accipias,  Holy    Spirit,    granting    them 

etc.  remission  of  all  sins,  etc. 

This  is  said  to  the  Saturday  following,  inclusively. 

On  Festivals  0}  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary  (except  the  Purifi 
cation,  on  which  is  said  the  Preface  of  Christmas),  and  with 
in  their  Octaves,  and  on  Votive  Masses  of  the  Blessed  Virgin, 
the  words.  Annunciation,  Visitation,  Assumption,  Nativity,' 
Presentation,  Conception,  Espousal,  are  inserted  after,  and 
proclaim  thee  on  the.  On  the  Dedication  of  the  Blessed 
Virgin  Mary  ad  Nives,  as  also  on  the  Feast  of  her  holy 
name;  and  on  the  Feast  of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary  of 
Mercy,  are  inserted,  the  festival.  On  the  Feast  of  the  Seven 
Dolors  is  inserted,  transfixion.  On  the  Feast  of  Mount 
Carmel,  commemoration;  and  on  tJta't  of  the  most  holy 
Rosary,  solemnity. 

In  Votive  Masses  and  on  Saturday,  veneration. 
*  (2 T  te  in  N.  beatas  *  JJJHAT  we  should  praise, 
^-4  Marias  semper  Virgi-  V-P  bless,  and  proclaim 
nis  collaudare,  benedicere,  Thee  on  the  N.  of  the  blessed 
et  praedicare.  Quae  et  Uni-  Mary  ever  virgin.  Who  by 
genitum  tuum  Sancti  Spiri-  the  overshadowing  of  the 
tus  obumbratione  concepit,  Holy  Ghost  conceived  Thy 
et  virginitatis  gloria  per-  Only-begotten,  and  the  glory 
manente,  lumen  aetefnum  of  her  virginity  remaining, 
mundo  effudit,  Jesum  Chris-  shed  forth  upon  the  world 

the  light  eternal,  Jesus  Christ 


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turn  Dominum  nostrum;  *  per    our  Lord;   *  through  Whom, 
quem,  etc.  etc. 

On  the  Festivals  oj  the  Apostles  and  Evangelists  (except  on 
St.  John  the  Evangelist's  day),  and  throughout  their  Oc 
taves,  except  in  Feasts  which  have  proper  Prefaces  of  their 
own. 


VERE  dignum  et  justum 
est,  asquum  et  salu- 
tare,  te  Domine  suppliciter 
exorare,  ut  gregem  tuum, 
Pastor  aeterne,  non  deseras, 
sed  per  beatos  apostolos  tuos 
continua  protectione  custo- 
dias;  ut  iisdem  recto ribus 
gubernetur,  quos  operis  tui 
vicarios  eidem  contulisti  prae- 
esse  pastores.  t  Et  ideo,  etc. 


Canon  of 

E  igitur,  clementissi- 
me  Pater,  per  Jesum 
Christum  Filium  tuum  Do 
minum  nostrum,  supplices  ro- 
gamus  ac  petimus  uti  accepta 
habeas  et  benedicas  hsec  -t- 
donna,  haec  Hh  munera,  haec  •£• 
sancta  sacrificia  illibata,  in 
primis  quae  tibi  offerimus 
pro  Ecclesia  tua  sancta  Ca- 
tholica:  quam  pacificare,  cu- 
stodire,  adunare,  et  regere 
digneris  toto  orbe  terrarum, 
una  cum  famulo  tuo  Papa 
nostro  N.,  et  Antistite  nostro 
N.,  et  omnibus  orthodoxis, 
atque  Catholicae  et  Apostoli- 
cae  Fidei  cultoribus. 


IT  is  truly  meet,  just,  right, 
and  salutary  humbly 
to  beseech  Thee,  that  Thou, 
O  Lord,  our  eternal  Shepherd, 
wouldst  not  forsake  Thy 
flock,  but  keep  it  through 
Thy  blessed  apostles  with 
continual  protection;  that  it 
may  be  governed  by  those 
same  rulers  whom  Thou  didst 
appoint  to  preside  over  it  as 
pastors  in  Thy  stead,  f  And. 

tbe  /ftass. 

V/l  ¥*E  therefore  humbly  pray 
VltA*  and  beseech  Thee, 
.most  merciful  Father,  through 
'  Jesus  Christ  Thy  Son,  Our 
Lord  (he  kisses  the  altar) 
that  Thou  wouldst  vouchsafe 
to  accept  and  bless  these  •%• 
gifts,  these  ^  presents,  these 
••h  holy  unspotted  sacrifices, 
which,  in  the  first  place,  we 
offer  Thee  for  Thy  holy  Catho 
lic  Church,  to  which  vouch 
safe  to  grant  peace;  as  also  to 
protect,  unite,  and  govern  it 
throughout  the  world,  together 
with  Thy  servant  N.  our  Pope, 
N.  our  Bishop,  as  also  all  or 
thodox  believers  and  profess 
ors  of  the  Catholic  and 
Apostolic  faith. 


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COMMEMORATION   OF   THE   LIVING. 

^EMENTO,  Domine  fa-    "!£>£   mindful,  O  Lord,  of 
•»     mulorum  famularum-    «-»-->    Thy  servants,  men  and 
que  tuarum,  N.  et  N.  women,  N.  and  N. 

Prayer  during  the  Canon. 

£\  JESDS,  dying  on  the  cross  for  love  of  poor  sinners, 
^-^  through  Thy  sacred  head  crowned  with  thorns  I  beg 
Thee  to  have  mercy  on  the  Pope,  all  bishops,  priests,  all  Re 
ligious  Orders,  especially  our  own,  and  all  those  placed  over 
us. 

Through  the  wound  in  Thy  right  hand  I  recommend  to 
Thee  my  father,  mother,  brothers,  sisters,  relatives,  friends, 
and  benefactors. 

And  through  the  wound  in  Thy  left  hand  my  enemies,  all 
poor  sinners,  and  those  who  have  never  been  baptized.  Help 
Thy  sen-ants  who  are  trying  to  convert  them. 

Through  the  wound  in  Thy  right  foot  I  pray  for  the  poor, 
the  sick,  and  the  dying,  and  for  all  who  are  in  any  kind  of  pain, 
temptation,  or  trouble.  - 

Through  the  wound  in  Thy  left  foot  I  beg  of  Thee  merci 
fully  to  grant  eternal  rest  to  the  souls  of  the  faithful  departed, 
especially  N.  N. 

Through  Thy  Sacred  Heart,  O  Jesus,  I  offer  myself  to  do 
and  suffer  all  things  for  Thy  love.  Give  me  all  the  graces  I 
stand  in  need  of,  and  especially  the  grace  which  I  am  seeking 
to  obtain  through  this  holy  Mass.  (Name  it.) 

He  joins  his  hands,  and  prays  silently  for  those  he  intends  to  pray 
for;  then,  extending  his  hands,  he  proceeds: 

£S"T   omnium    circumstan-  *7TNP  of  all  here  present, 

^•-l     tium,  quorum  tibi  fides  gJ^L*     whose  faith  and  devo- 

cognita  est,  et  nota  devotio,  pro  tion  are  known  unto  Thee,  for 

quibus  tibi  offerimus,  vel  qui  whom  we  offer,  or  who  offer 

tibi  offer-tint,  hoc  sacrificium  up  to  Thee  this  sacrifice  of 

laudis,  pro  se,  suisque  omni-  praise    for   themselves,    their 

bus:  pro  redemptione  anima-  families  and  friends,  for  the 

rum  suarum,  pro  spe  salutis,  redemption    of    their    souls, 

et  incolumitatis  suae:    tibique  for  the  hope  of  their  safety 


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263 


reddunt     vota     sua,     aeterno 
Deo,  vivo  et  vero. 

Communicantes,  et  me- 
moriam  venerantes,  in  primis 
gloriosae  semper  Virginis 
Mariae,  Genitricis  Dei  et  Do 
mini  nostri  Jesu  Christi: 
sed  et  beatorum  apostolorum 
ac  martyrum  tuorum,  Petri 
et  Pauli,  Andreae,  Jacobi, 
Joannis,  Thomas,  Jacobi,  Phi- 
lippi,  Bartholoma;i,  Matthaei, 
Simonis  et  Thaddsei,  Lini, 
Cleti,  dementis,  Xysti,  Cor- 
nelii,  Cypriani,  Laurentii, 
Chrysogoni,  Joannis  et  Pauli, 
Cosmae  et  Damiani,  et  omni 
um  Sanctorum  tuorum;  quo 
rum  meritis  precibusque  con- 
cedas,  ut  in  omnibus  protec- 
tionis  tuae  muniamur  auxilio. 
Per  eumdem  Christum  Do- 
minum  nostrum. 

Amen. 


and  salvation,  and  who  pay 
their  vows  to  Thee,  the  eter 
nal,  living,  and  true  God. 

Communicating  with,  and 
honoring,  in  the  first  place, 
the  memory  of  the  glorious 
and  ever  Virgin  Mary,  Moth 
er  of  Our  Lord  and  God 
Jesus  Christ;  as  also  of  the 
blessed  apostles  and  martyrs, 
Peter  and  Paul,  Andrew, 
James,  John,  Thomas,  James, 
Philip,  Bartholomew,  Mat 
thew,  Simon  and  Thaddeus, 
Linus,  Cletus,  Clement,  Xys- 
tus,  Cornelius,  Cyprian,  Law 
rence,  Chrysogonus,  John  and 
Paul,  Cosmas  and  Damian, 
and  of  all  Thy  saints;  by 
whose  merits  and  prayers 
grant  that  we  may  be  always 
defended  by  the  help  of  Thy 
protection.  Through  the 
same  Christ  our  Lord. 

Amen. 


Spreading  his  hands  over  the  oblation,  he  says  the  -words  of  con 
secration  secretly,  distinctly,  and  attentively. 

(Here  the  bell  is  rung.) 


ANC  igitur  oblationem 
servitutis  nostrae,  sed 
et  cunctae  familiae  tuae,  quae- 
sumus,  Domine,  ut  placatus 
accipias;  diesque  nostros  in 
tua  pace  disponas,  atque  ab 
aeterna  damnatione  nos  eripi, 
et  in  electorum  tuorum  jubeas 
grege  numerari.  Per  Chris 
tum  Dominum  nostrum. 
Amen. 

Quam  oblationem,  tu  Deus, 


"E  therefore  beseech 
Thee,  O  Lord,  gra 
ciously  to  accept  this  oblation 
of  our  service,  as  also  of  Thy 
whole  family;  dispose  our 
days  in  Thy  peace,  command 
us  to  be  delivered  from  eter 
nal  damnation,  and  to  be 
numbered  in  the  flock  of  Thy 
elect.  Through  Christ  our 
Lord.  Amen. 
Which  oblation  do  Thou, 


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in  omnibus,  quaesumus,  bene- 
dic  «t-  tarn,  adscrip  •£•  tarn, 
/a  -f-  tam,  rationabilem,  ac- 
ceptabilemque  facere  digne- 
ris;  ut  nobis  cor  >j«  pus  et  san 
•f-  guis  fiat  dilectissimi  Filii 
tui  Domini  nostri  Jesu  Christi. 
Qui  pridie  quam  pateretur, 
accepit  panem  in  sanctas  ac 
venerabiles  manus  suas,  et 
levatis  oculis  in  ccelum,  ad  te 
Deum  Patrem  suum  omni- 
potentem:  tibi  gratias  agens, 
benedixit,  fregit,  deditque  di- 
scipulis  suis,  dicens:  Accipite, 
et  manducate  ex  hoc  omnes; 

HOC  EST  ENIM  CORPUS  MEUM. 


O  God,  vouchsafe  in  ail 
things  to  make  blessed,  ap 
proved,  ratified,  reasonable, 
and  acceptable,  that  it  may 
become  to  us  the  body  4«  and 
•fr-  blood  of  Thy  most  be 
loved  Son  Jesus  Christ  our 
Lord.  Who  the  day  before 
He  suffered,  took  bread  (he 
takes  the  Host)  into  His  holy 
and  venerable  hands  (he 
raises  his  eyes  to  heaven) 
and  with  His  eyes  lifted  up 
toward  heaven,  to  God,  His 
almighty  Father:  giving 
thanks  to  Thee,  did  bless, 
break,  and  give  to  His  dis 
ciples,  saying:  Take,  and 
eat  ye  all  of  this;  FOR  THIS  13 
MY  BODY. 


'T'N  like  manner,  after  He 
!-•-»     had    supped    (he   takes 


After  pronouncing  the  words  of  consecration,  the  Priest,  kneeling, 
adores  the  sacred  Host;  rising  he  elevates  it;  and  then  placing  it 
on  the  corporal,  again  adores  it.  After  this  he  never  disjoins 
his  fingers  and  thumbs,  except  ivhen  he  is  to  take  the  Host,  until 
after  the  washing  of  his  fingers. 

(At  the  elevation  the  bell  is  rung  three  times.) 

IMILI    modo   postquam 
ccenatum  est  accipiens 

et  hunc  praeclarum  calicem  in  the.  chalice  in  both  his  hands), 

sanctas  ac  venerabiles  manus  taking     also     this     excellent 

suas  item  tibi  gratias  agens  chalice    into    His    holy    and 

bene  •%•   dixit,    deditque    di-  venerable  hands,  and  giving 

scipulis  suis  dicens:    Accipite  Thee  thanks,   He  bless  «fred, 

et  bibite  ex  eo  omnes;    me  and    gave    to    His    disciples, 

EST    ENIM   CALIX    SANGUiNig  saying:    Take,  and  drink  ye 

MEI    NO VI   ET  jETERNI  TESTA-      all  of  this;     FOR  THIS  IS  THK 

MENTi;      MYSTERIUM     FIDEIJ     CHALICE    OP    MY   BLOOD    OF 
QUI  PRO  VOBIS  ET  PRO  MUL-    THE     NEW     AND     ETERNAL 

TESTAMENT;     THE    MYSTERY 
OF  FAITH;   WHICH  SHALL  BF- 


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265 


TIS    EFFUw->ETUR    IN    REMIS-      SHED     FOR     YOU,     AND     FOR 
SIONEM  PECCATORUM.  MANY,   TO   THE   REMISSION  OF 

SINS. 

Haec  quotiescumque  feceri-        As   often   as   ye    do   these 
tis,  in  mei  memoriam  facietis.     things,  ye  shall  do  them  in 

remembrance  of  Me. 

Prayer. 

OMY  vjod,  I  adore  Thee  through  Jesus;    I  beg   pardon 
through  Jesus;  I  thank  Thee  through  Jesus;  I  humbly 
ask  every  blessing  and  grace  through  Jesus.     May  I  lead  a 
holy  life  and  die  a  good  death.     My  Jesus,  mercy.     My  Jesus, 
mercy.     My  Jesus,  mercy. 

Kneeling,  he  adores;  rising,  he  elevates  the  chalice;  then  replacing 

it  on  the  corporal,  he  covers  it,  and  again  adores. 

(The  bell  is  rung  as  before.) 

He  then  proceeds: 

aNDE  et  memores,  Do-  JTTT'HEREFORE,  O  Lord, 
mine,  nos  servi  tui,  sed  VxA»  we  Thy  servants,  as 
et  plebs  tua  sancta  ejusdem  also  Thy  holy  people,  calling 
Christi  Filii  tui  Domini  no-  to  mind  the  blessed  Passion 
stri  tarn  beatae  Passionis,  nee-  of  the  same  Christ  Thy  Son 
aon  et  ab  inferis  Resurrec-  our  Lord,  His  Resurrection 
tionis  sed  et  in  coelo  gloriosae  from  the  grave,  and  glorious 
Ascensionis:  offerimus  prae-  Ascension  into  heaven,  offer 
clarae  Majestati  tuae,  de  tuis  unto  Thy  most  excellent 
donis  ac  datis,  Hostiam  ^  Majesty,  of  Thy  gifts  and 
puran,,  Hostiam  -f1  sanctam,  presents,  a  pure  •%•  Host,  a 
Hostiam  4«  immaculatam,  pa-  holy  •%•  Host,  an  immaculate 
nem  ^  sanctum  vitae  aeternae,  4-  Host,  the  holy  •!«  bread  of 
et  calicem  ^  salutis  perpetuae.  eternal  life,  and  the  chalice  •$• 

of  everlasting  salvation. 

Extending  his  hands,  he  proceeds: 

"7~r'PON  which  vouchsafe  to 
vAj  look,  with  a  propitious 
and  serene  countenance,  and 
to  accept  them,  as  Thou  wert 
graciously  pleased  to  accept 
the  gifts  of  Thy  just  servant 
Abel,  and  the  sacrifice  of  our 


quae  propitio  ac 
sefeno  vultu  respicere 
digneris,  et  accepta  habere, 
sicuti  accepta  habere  digna- 
tus  es  munera  pueri  tui  justi 
Abel,  et  sacrificium  Patri- 
archaenostri  Abrahse;  et  quod 


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Canon  of  the  Holy  Mass, 


tibi  obtulit  summus  sacerdos    Patriarch  Abraham,  and  that 
tuus   Melchisedech,   sanctum     which    Thy  high-priest  Mel- 

chisedech  offered  to  Thee,  a 
holy  sacrifice,  an  immaculate 
Host. 


sacrificium,  immaculatam  ho- 
stiam. 


Bowing  down  profoundly,  with  his  hands  joined  and  placed  upon 
the  Altar,  he  says: 


BUPPLICES  te  rogamus, 
omnipotens  Deus,  jube 
hsec  perferri  per  manus  sancti 
angeli  tui  in  sublime  altare 
tuum,  in  conspectu  divinae 
Majestatis  tuae,  ut  quotquot 
ex  hac  altaris  participatione, 
sacrosanctum  Filii  tui  cor 
pus  41  et  •%•  sanguinem  sump- 
serimus,  omni  benedictione 
ccelesti  et  gratia  repleamur. 
Per  eumdem  Christum  Domi- 
num  nostrum.  Amen. 


V  VI I  'E  most  humbly  beseech 
\xA>  Thee,  almighty  God, 
command  these  things  to  be 
carried  by  the  hands  of  Thy 
holy  angel  to  Thy  altar  on 
high,  in  the  sight  of  Thy 
divine  Majesty,  that  as  many 
of  us  (he  kisses  the  altar)  as, 
by  participation  at  this  altar, 
shall  receive  %the  most  sacred 
body  •£•  and  •£•  blood  of  Thy 
Son  may  be  filled  with  all 
heavenly  benediction  and 
grace.  Through  the  same 
Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

Be  mindful,  O  Lord,  of 
Thy  servants  men  and  women 
N.  and  N.,  who  are  gone  be 
fore  us,  with  the  sign  of  faith, 
and  slumber  in  the  sleep  of 
peace. 

He  prays  for  such  of  the  dead  as  he  intends  to  pray  for. 
*T*PSIS,  Domine,  et  omni-  ^^O  these,  O  Lord,  and  to 
•-«-•  bus  in  Christo  quie-  x-J  all  that  rest  in  Christ, 
scentibus,  locum  refrigerii,  grant,  we  beseech  Thee,  a 
lucis  et  pacis,  ut  indulgeas,  place  of  refreshment,  light, 
deprecamur.  Per  eumdem  and  peace.  Through  the  same 


Memento  etiam,  Domme, 
famulorum  famularumque 
tuarum  N.  et  N.,  qui  nos  prae- 
cesserunt  cum  signo  fidei,  et 
dormiunt  in  somno  pacis. 


Christum,  etc.    Amen. 


Christ  our  Lord.     Amen. 


Here,  striking  his  breast  and  slightly  raising  his  -voice,  he  says: 
•BIS  quoque  peccatori-  *y  |*ND  to  us  sinners,  Thy 
bus  famulis  tuis,  de  eJt-L,  servants,  hoping  in  the 
multitudine  miserationum  tu-  multitude  of  Thy  mercies. 


Canon  of  the  Holy  Mass. 


267 


arum  sperantibus  partem  ali- 
quam  et  societatem  donare 
digneris,  cum  tuis  sanctis 
apostolis  et  martyribus;  cum 
Joanne,  Stephano,  Matthia, 
Barnaba,  Ignatio,  Alexandro, 
Marcellino,  Petro,  Felicitate, 
Perpetua,  Agatha,  Lucia, 
Agnete,  Caecilia,  Anastasia, 
et  omnibus  sanctis  tuis:  intra 
quorum  nos  consortium,  non 
{estimator  meriti,  sed  veniae, 
quaesumus,  largitor  admitte. 
Per  Christum  Dominum  no 
strum. 

Per  quern  haec  omnia,  Do- 
mine,  semper  bona  creas, 
sancti  •}«  ficas,  vivi  •{«  ficas, 
bene  «f-  dicis,  et  praestas  nobis. 


vouchsafe  to  grant  some  part 
and  fellowship  with  Thy 
holy  apostles  and  martyrs; 
with  John,  Stephen,  Matthias, 
Barnabas,  Ignatius,  Alexan 
der,  Marcellinus,  Peter,  Feli- 
citas,  Perpetua,  Agatha,  Lucy, 
Agnes,  Cecily,  Anastasia,  and 
with  all  Thy  saints,  into 
whose  company  we  beseech 
Thee  to  admit  us,  not  con 
sidering  our  merits,  but  freely 
pardoning  our  offences. 
Through  Christ  our  Lord. 

By  Whom,  O  Lord,  Thou 
dost  always  create,  sanctify, 
•fi  quicken,  4-  bless,  •!•  and 
give  us  all  these  good  things. 


He  uncovers  the  chalice,  and  makes  a  genuflection;  then  taking 
the  Host  in  his  right  hand,  and  holding  the  chalice  in  his  left, 
he  signs  the  sign  of  the  cross  three  times  across  the  chalice,  saying: 

BER  ip  «!•  sum,  et  cum  ip  4> 
so,  et  in  ip  •%•  so,  est 
tibi  Deo  Patri  •%•  omnipotent!, 
in  unitate  Spiritus  Sancti,  om- 
nis  honor  et  gloria. 


J^HROUGH  Him,  *  and 
VJ     with    Him,  >t«  and  in 


Him,  Hh  is  to  Thee,  God  the 
Father  •$•  almighty,  in  the 
unity  of  the  Holy  Ghost,  all 
honor  and  glory. 

Covering  the  chalice,  he  kneels  down;  and  rising  again,  he  says: 
V.  Per  omnia  saecula  saecu-         V.  For  ever  and  ever. 

lorum. 
R.  Amen.  R.  Amen 


Oremus. 

'-K)R,ECEPTIS  salutaribus 
»-L  moniti,  et  divina  insti- 
tutione  formati,  audemus  di- 
cere: 

Pater  noster,  qui  es  in  coelis, 
sanctificetur     nomen     tuum : 


Let  us  pray. 

"INSTRUCTED  by  Thy 
«•"•»  saving  precepts,  and 
following  Thy  divine  institu 
tion,  we  presume  to  say: 

Our   Father,   Who   art    in 
heaven,     hallowed    be    Thy 


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adveniat  regnum  tuum;  fiat 
voluntas  tua  sicut  in  coelo, 
et  in  terra.  Panem  nostrum 
quotidianum  da  nobis  hodie; 
et  dimitte  nobis  debita  nostra, 
sicut  et  nos  dimittimus  de- 
bitoribus  nostris.  Et  ne  nos 
inducas  in  tentationem. 
M.  Sed  libera  nos  a  malo. 

S.  Amen. 


name:  Thy  kingdom  come; 
Thy  will  be  done  on  earth  as 
it  is  in  heaven.  Give  us  this 
day  our  daily  bread:  and 
forgive  us  our  trespasses,  as 
we  forgive  those  who  tres 
pass  against  us.  And  lead 
us  not  into  temptation. 

R.  But  deliver  us  from 
evil. 

P.  Amen. 


(At  High  Mass,  the  Deacon,  toward  the  conclusion  of  the  Pater 
Noster,  goes  to  the  right  hand  of  the. Priest,  where  he  awaits  the 
approach  of  the  Subdeacon,  from  whom  he  receives  the  paten, 
which  he  puts  into  the  hands  of  the  Priest.) 


He  takes  the  paten  between  his 
*T""!IBERA  nos,  quaesumus, 
«-• — *  Domine,  ab  omnibus 
malis,  praeteritis,  praesentibus, 
et  futuris:  et  intercedente 
beata  et  gloriosa  semper  Vir- 
gine  Dei  Genitrice  Maria, 
cum  beatis  apostolis  tuis 
Petro  et  Paulo,  atque  Andrea, 
et  omnibus  Sanctis,  da  pro- 
pitius  pacem  in  diebus  no 
stris:  ut  ope  misericordiae  tuae 
adjuti,  et  a  peccato  simus 
semper  liberi,  et  ab  omni  per- 
turbatione  securi. 


first  and  second  finger,  and  says: 
IVER  us,  we  beseech 
Thee,  O  Lord,  from 
all  evils,  past,  present,  and  to 
come:  and  by  the  intercession 
of  the  blessed  and  glorious 
Mary  ever  virgin,  Mother  of 
God,  together  with  Thy 
blessed  apostles  Peter  and 
Paul,  and  Andrew,  and  all 
the  saints  (making  the  sign 
of  the  cross  on  himself  with 
the  paten,  he  kisses  it,  and 
says),  mercifully  grant  peace 
in  our  days:  that  by  the 
assistance  of  Thy  mercy  we 
may  be  always  free  from  sin, 
and  secure  from  all  disturb 
ance. 

He  slides  the  paten  under  the  Host,  uncovers  the  chalice,  and  makes 
a  genuflection:  then  rising,  he  lakes  the  Host,  breaks  it  in  tJte 
middle  over  the  chalice,  saying: 

BER  eumdem  Dominum     ^^HROUGH      the     same 
nostrum  Jesum  Chris-      >J     Jesus  Christ  Thy  Son 
turn  Filium  tuum.  our  Lord. 


Canon  of  the  Holy  Mass.  265 

He  puts  the  part  which  is  in  his  right  hand  upon  the  paten,  breaks 
a  particle  from  the  other  part  in  his  left  hand,  saying: 

QUI  tecum  vivit  et  regnat     'J  A  I'HO  with  Thee   in  the 
in      unitate       Spiritus     vxA     unity    of    the    Holy 
Sancti  Deus.  Ghost     liveth    and    reigneth 

God. 

He  places  the  half  in  his  left  hand  on  the  paten,  and  holding  the 
particle  which  he  broke  off  in  his  right  hand,  and  the  chalice  in 
his  left,  he  says: 

V.  tTI\ER  omnia  ssecula         V.  V  VI  I  *O  R  L  D  without 

,J—       saeculorum.  vxA»     end. 

R.  Amen.  R.  Amen. 

He  then  says: 

V.  "T£)AX  *  Domini  sit         V.  /TV  AY  the  peace  *  of 
JL        4.  semper  vobis  ^*-s     the  Lord  be  4- 

•?•  cum.  always  with  •%•  you. 

R.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo.  R.  And  with  thy  spirit. 

He  puts  a  particle  of  the  Host  into  the  chalice,  saying: 

1  1~^  ^C  commixtio  et  con-  /T\AY  this  mixture  and 
r"-&  secratio  corporis  et  ?>"^»  consecration  of  the 
sanguinis  Domini  nostri  Jesu  body  and  blood  of  Our  Lord 
Christi  fiat  accipientibus  no-  Jesus  Christ  be  to  us,  that 
bis  in  vitam  ffiternam.  Amen,  receive  it,  effectual  to  eternal 

life.     Amen. 

He  covers  the  chalice,  makes  a  genuflection,  and  then  bowing  down 
and  striking  his  breast  three  times,  he  says: 


Dei,  qui   tollis  Y~[  AMB  of  God>  Who  tak 

peccata    mundi  mise-  .-*  +     est  away  the  sins  of  the 

rere  nobis.  world,  have  mercy  upon  us. 

Agnus  Dei,  qui  tollis  pec-  Lamb  of  God,  Who  takest 

cata  mundi,  miserere  nobis.  away  the  sins  of  the  world, 

have  mercy  upon  us. 

Agnus  Dei,  qui  tollis  pec-  Lamb  of  God,  Who  takest 

cata  mundi,  dona  nobis  pa-  away  the  sins  of  the  world, 

cem.  grant  us  Thy  peace. 

In  Masses  for  the  Dead,  he  says  thrive:  Give  them  rest;  and  lastly: 
Give    them   eternal   rest.     Standing   in   an   inclined   position, 


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Canon  of  the  Holy  Mass. 


•with  his  hands  joined  and  resting  on  the  Altar,  and  his  eyes 

reverently  fixed  upon  the  sacred  Host,  lie  says: 

vp)OMINE    Jesu   Christe,  'j-'ORD  Jesus  Christ,  Who 

«-*— '      qui    dixisti    apostolis  r* — *     saidst  to  Thy  apostles: 

tuis:    Pacem   relinquo   vobis,  Peace  I  leave  with  you,  My 

pacem  meam  do  vobis;  ne  re-  peace  I  give  unto  you;    re- 

spicias  peccata  mea,  sed  fidem  gard   not   my   sins,    but    the 

Ecclesiae  tuae:  eamque  secun-  faith   of  Thy    Church;     and 

dum  voluntatem  tuam  pacifi-  vouchsafe    to    it    that    peace 

care    et    coadunare    digneris:  and  unity  which  is  agreeable 

qui  vivis  et  regnas  Deus,  per  to  Thy  will:    Who  livest  and 
omnia 
Amen. 


saecula      saeculorum. 


reignest  God  for  ever  and 
ever.  Amen. 

The  preceding  prayer  is  omitted  in  Masses  for  the  Dead. 

At  High  Mass,  the  Deacon  kisses  the  Altar,  at  the  same  time  with 
the  celebrating  Priest,  by  whom  he  is  saluted  with  the  kiss  o] 
peace  -with  these  words: 
V.  Pax  tecum.  V.  Peace  be  with  thee. 

To  which' the  Deacon  answers: 
R.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo.  R.  And  with  thy  spirit. 

And  then  salutes  in  like  manner  the  Subdeacon,  who  conveys  the 
kiss  o)  peace  to  those  amongst  the  Clergy  who  may  be  assisting 
at  Mass. 

'T-JORD  Jesus  Christ,  Son 
.  •  *  of  the  living  God, 
Who,  according  to  the  will  of 
the  Father,  through  the  co 
operation  of  the  Holy  Ghost, 
hast  by  Thy  death  given  life 
to  the  world;  deliver  me  by 
this  Thy  most  sacred  body 
and  blood  from  all  my  iniqui 
ties  and  from  all  evils:  and 
make  me  always  adhere  to 
Thy  commandments,  and 
never  suffer  me  to  be  sepa 
rated  from  Thee;  Who  with 
the  same  God  the  Father  and 
Holy  Ghost  livest  and  reign - 


vp|OMINE  Jesu  Christe, 
r*— *  Fili  Dei  vivi,  qui  ex 
voluntate  Patris,  cooperante 
Spiritu  Sancto,  per  mortem 
tuam  mundum  vivificasti;  li- 
bera  me  per  hoc  sacrosanc- 
tum  corpus  et  sanguinem 
tuum  ab  omnibus  iniquitati- 
bus  meis,  et  universis  malis: 
et  fac  me  tuis  semper  inhaerere 
mandatis,  et  a  te  nunquam 
separari  permittas:  qui  cum 
eodem  Deo  Patre  et  Spiritu 


Canon  of  the  Holy  Mass.  271 

Sancto  vivis  et  regnas  Deus  in  est   God   for  ever  and  ever. 

ssecula  sccculorum.     Amen.  Amen. 

Perceptio  corporis  tui,  Do-  Let  not  the  participation  of 
mine  Jesu  Christe,  quod  ego  Thy  body,-  O  Lord  Jesus 
indignus  sumere  praesumo,  Christ,  which  I,  all  unwor- 
non  mihi  proveniat  in  judi-  thy,  presume  to  receive,  turn 
cium  et  condemnationem;  sed  t.o  my  judgment  and  con- 
pro  tua  pietate  prosit  mihi  demnation;  but  through  Thy 
ad  tutamentum  mentis  et  goodness,  may  it  be  to  me  a 
corporis;  et  ad  medelam  per-  safeguard  and  remedy,  both 
cipiendam.  Qui  vivis  et  reg-  of  soul  and  body.  Who 
nas  cum  Deo  Patre,  in  unitate  with  God  the  Father,  in  the 
Spiritus  Sancti,  Deus  per  unity  of  the  Holy  Ghost, 
omnia  ssecula  saeculorum.  livest  and  reignest  God  for 
Amen.  ever  and  ever.  Amen. 

Making  a  genuflection,  and  taking  the.  H'>st  in  his  hands,  the  Priest 
says: 

VY£)ANEM  ccelestem  acci-  *T*  WILL  take  the,  bread  of 
r-L  piam,  et  nomen  Do-  J-%  heaven,  and  call  upon 
mini  invocabo.  the  name  of  the  Lord. 

Striking  his  breast  in  humility  and  devotion,   he  says  thrice,  the 
Acolyte  ringing  the  bell  each  time: 

MINE,  non  sum  dig-  *T~^ORD,  I  am  not  worthy 

nus  ut  intres  sub  tec-  «*   *    that  Thou  shouldst  en- 

tum  meum;    sed  tantum  die  ter  under  my  roof;    say  but 

verbo,     et    sanabitur    anima  the  word,  and  my  soul  shall 

mea.  be  healed. 

Taking  reverently  both  parts  of  the  sacred  Host  in  his  right  hand, 
and  making  the  sign  of  the  cross  with  it  upon  himself,  he  says 
the  following  prayers: 

CORPUS    Domini   nostri  fp|  AY  the  body  of  Our  Lord 

Jesu  Christi  custodial  M-£     Jesus  Christ  preserve 

animam  meam  in  vitam  aster-  my    soul    to  life    everlasting, 

nam.     Amen.  Amen. 

He  then  receives  both  halves  of  the  Host,  joins  his  hands,  and  re 
mains  a  short  time  in  meditation  on  the  Most  Holy  Sacrament. 
Then  he  uncovers  the  chalice,  gathers  upon  the  paten  the  small- 


272 


Canon  of  the  Holy  Mass. 


est  atoms  of    the  Host  which  may  remain  on  the  corporal,  and 
puts  them  into  the  chalice,  saying: 


QUID  retribuam  Domino 
pro  omnibus  quae  re- 
tribuit  mihi?  Calicem  salu- 
taris  accipiam,  et  nomen  Do 
mini  invocabo.  Laudans  in- 
vocabo  Dominum,  et  ab  ini- 
micis  meis  salvus  ero. 


'/  A  \  'HAT  shall  I  render  to 
VJ^A,  the  Lord  for  all  He 
hath  rendered  unto  me?  I 
will  take  the  chalice  of  salva 
tion,  and  call  upon  the  name 
of  the  Lord.  Praising,  I  will 
call  upon  the  Lord,  and  I 
shall  be  saved  from  my 
enemies. 


He  takes  the  chalice  in  his  right  hand,  and  making  the  sign  of 
the  cross  with  it  on  himself,  he  says: 

C^ANGUIS  Domini  nostri  JJ^HE  blood  of  Our  Lord 

.K^5     Jesu  Christi  custodial  v_J     Jesus    Christ    preserve 

animam  meam  in  vitam  aeter-  my    soul   to    everlasting   life, 

nam.     Amen.  Amen. 

Then  he  receives  all  the  blood,  together  with  the  particles  in  it. 

After    which    he    communicates    all    who    are    to    communicate 
(if  there  be  any). 

Those  who  are  to  communicate  go  up  to  the  Sanctuary  at  the  Do- 
mine,  non  sum  dignus,  when  the  bell  rings  :  the  Acolyte  says 
the  Confiteor. 

Then   the   Priest   turns   to   the  communicants,  and  pronounces  a 
general  absolution  in  these  words: 


/TJISEREATUR  vestri  om- 
r*U*  nipotens  Deus,  et  di- 
missis  peccatis  vestris,  perdu- 
cat  vos  ad  vitam  aeternam. 

M.  Amen. 

S.  Indulgentiam,  absolu- 
tionem,  et  remissionem  pec- 
catorum  vestrorum  tribuat 
vobis  omnipotens  et  miseri- 
cors  Dominus. 

M.  Amen. 


V  almighty  God  have 
mercy  on  you,  forgive 
you  your  sins,  and  bring  you 
to  life  everlasting. 
R.  Amen. 

P.  May  the  almighty  and 
merciful  Lord  give  you  par 
don,  absolution,  and  remis 
sion  of  your  sins. 

R.  Amen. 


Canon  of  the  Holy  Mass.  273 

Those  who  are  not  to  communicate  may  here  make  a 
SPIRITUAL   COMMUNION. 

Elevating  a  particle  of  the  Blessed  Sacrament,  and  turning  toward 
tlie  people,  the  Priest  says: 

|q[CCE  Agnus  Dei,  ecce  *-r>EHOLD  the  Lamb  of 
V^,  qui  tollit  peccata  mup  «-*^  God,  behold  Him  Who 
di.  taketh  away  th»  sins  of  the 

world. 

And  then  repeats  three  times,  Domine,  non  sum  dignus. 

Descending  the  steps  of  the  Altar  to  the  communicants,  he  admin 
isters  the  Holy  Communion,  saying  to  each: 


O  OR] 

Jesu   Christi   custodiat  ?***>     Jesus  Christ  preserve 

animam  tuam  in  vitam  aeter-  Ay    soul   to   life    everlasting 

nam.     Amen.  Amen. 


[ORPUS    Domini    nostri    /T\  AY  the  body  of  Our  Lord 


Here  the  Acolyte  pours  a  little  wine  into  the  chalice,  and  the  Priest 
takes  the  first  ablution. 

QUOD     ore     sumpsimus,     ^VRANT,  Lord,   that  what 
Domine,    pura    mente     >§)      we    have    taken    with 
capiamus;  et  de  munere  tern-    our   mouth,   we   may  receive 
porali    fiat    nobis    remedium     with  a  pure  mind;  and  of  a 
sempiternum.  temporal  g'ft  may  it  become 

to  us  an  eternal  remedy. 

Here  the  Acolyte  pours  wine  and  water  over  his  fingers;    and  hs 
takes  the  second  ablution. 

O ORPUS  tuum,    Domine,  (T)AY  Thy  body,  O  Lord, 

quod    sumpsi,   et  san-  V-^     which  I  have  received, 

guis  quern  potavi,   adhsereat  and  Thy  blood  which  I  have 

visceribus  meis:  et  pnesta,  ut  drunk,  cleave  to  my  bowels; 

in  me  non  remaneat  scelerum  and  grant  that  no  stain  of  sin 

macula,  quern  pura  et  sancta  may  remain  in  me,  who  have 

refecerunt   sacramenta.     Qui  been  refreshed  with  pure  and 

vivis  et  regnas  in  saecula  saecu-  holy  sacraments.    Who  livest, 

lorum.     Amen.  etc.     Amen. 

Then  he  wipes  his  mouth  and  the  chalice,  which  he  covers;  and 
having  jolded  the  corporal,  places  it  on  the  Altar,  as  at  first;  rn 
then  goes  to  the  book,  and  reads  the  Communion: 


274  Canon  of  the  Holy  JSass. 

FOR  THE   COMMUNION. 

ONE  thing  I  have  asked  of  the  Lord,  this  will  I  seek  after; 
that  I  may  dwell  in  the  house  of  the  Lord  all  the  days 
of  my  life. 

Taste  and  see  that  the  Lord  is  sweet:   blessed  is  the  man 
that  hopeth  in  Him. 

(For  a  samt's  day.)     Blessed  is  that  servant  whom  his  Lord 
when  He  cometh  shall  find  watching. 

If  any  man  will  come  after  Me,  let  him  deny  himself,  and 
take  up  his  cross,  and  follow  Me. 

Then  he  turns  to  the  people,  and  says: 

v.  Y^0^11^5  vobis-     v-  J£\HE  Lord  be  with 

«-L/     cum.  V-J     you. 

R.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo.  R.  And  with  thy  spirit. 

Then  he  reads  the  Post-Communions;    at  the  end  of  the  first  and 
last  of  which  the  Acolyte  answers,  Amen. 

Ajterivard  he  turns  again  toward  the  people,  and  says: 

V.  Dominus  vobiscum.  V.  The  Lord  be  with  you. 

R.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo.  R.  And  with  thy  spirit. 

Ite  missa  est;    vcl  Benedi-         Go,  the  Mass  is  ended;   or 

camus  Domino.  Let  us  bless  the  Lord. 
R.  Deo  gratias.  R.  Thanks  be  to  God. 

In  Masses  for  the  Dead. 

V.  "T^EQUIESCANT         V.   (T)AY    they   rest  in 

r-*-\,    in  pace.  \*£,     peace. 

R.  Amen.  R.  Amen. 

Bowing  down  before  (tie  Altar,  the  Priest  says: 

•-n)LACEAT    tibi,     sancta  |^\  HOLY  Trinity,  let  the 

J—      Trinitas,      obsequium  V-J     performance     of     my 

serviiutis  meae;   et  praesta,  ut  homage  be  pleasing  to  Thee; 

sacrincium   quod   oculis   tuae  and   grant  that  the  sacrifice 

Majestatis    indignus    obtuli,  which     I,     unworthy,     have 

tibi  sit  acceptabile,  mihique,  offered  up  in  the  sight  of  Thy 

et  omnibus  pro  quibus  illud  Majesty,  may   be   acceptable 

obtuli,  sit,  te  miserante,  pro-  to   Thee,   and   through   Thy 

mercy   be  a   propitiation   for 


Canon  of  the  Holy  Mass.  275 

pitiabile.     Per  Christum  Do-    me,  and  all  those  for  whom 
minum  nostrum.    Amen.  I  have  offered  it.    Through 

Christ  our  Lord.     Amen. 

Then  he  kisses  the  Altar,  raising  his  eyes, — and  extending,  rais 
ing,  and  joining  his  hands, — he  bows  his  head,  and  says: 

BENEDICAT  vos  omni-  (T\AY  almighty   God,   the 

potens  Deus,  Pater  et  V-s    Father,    Son,  4«    and 

Filius,    v   et   Spiritus   Sane-  Holy  Ghost,  bless  you.  Amen, 
tus.    Amen. 

At  the  word  Deus,  he  turns  toward  the  people,  and  makes  the  sign 
of  the  cross  on  them.  Then  turning  to  the  Gospel  side  of  the 
Altar,  he  says: 

V.  Y^OMINUS    vobis-        V.  JJJHE  Lord  be  with 

\-J     cum.  >iJ    you. 

R.  Et  cum  spiritu  tuo.  R.  And  with  thy  spirit. 

The  Benediction  is  omitted  in  Masses  for  the  Dead. 

He  then  traces  the  sign  of  the  cross,  first  upon  the  Altar,  and  then 
upon  his  forehead,  lips,  and  heart,  and  begins  the  Gospel  accord 
ing  to  St.  John,  saying: 

S.  'YNITIUM  sancti  P.  fJJHE  beginning  of 

^  Evangelii  secun-  >2/  the  holy  Gospel 

dum  Joaanem.  according  to  St.  John. 

al.  Gloria  tibi,  Domine.  R.  Glory  be  to  Thee,  O 

Lord. 

In  principle  erat  Verbum,  In  the  beginning  was  the 

et  Verbum  erat  apud  Deum;  Word,  and  the  Word  was  with 

et  Deus  erat  Verbum:  hoc  God,  and  God  was  the  Word: 

erat  in  principio  apud  Deum.  the  same  was  in  the  begin- 

Omnia  per  ipsum  facta  sunt,  ning  with  God.  All  things 

et  sine  ipso  tactum  est  nihil  were  made  by  Him,  and  with- 

quod  factum  est:  in  ipso  vita  out  Him  was  made  nothing 

erat,  et  vita  erat  lux  hominum :  that  was  made:  in  Him  was 

et  lux  in  tenebris  lucet,  et  life  and  the  life  was  the  light 

tenebrae  earn  non  compre-  of  men:  and  the  light  shineth 

henderunt.  in  darkness,  and  the  dark 
ness  did  not  comprehend  it. 

Fuit  homo  missus  a  Deo,  There  was  a  man  sent  trom 

cui  nomen  erat  Joannes.  Hie  God,  whose  name  was  John. 


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Canon  of  the  Holy  Utass. 


venit  in  testimonium,  ut  testi- 
monium  perhiberet  de  lumine, 
ut  omnes  crederent  per  ilium. 
Non  erat  ille  lux:  sed  ut  te 
stimonium  perhiberet  de  lu 
mine.  Erat  lux  vera  quae 
illuminat  omnem  hominem 
venientem  in  hunc  mundum. 

In  mundo  erat,  et  mundus 
per  ipsum  factus  est,  et  mun 
dus  eum  non  cognovit.  In 
propria  venit,  et  sui  eum  non 
receperunt.  Quotquot  autem 
receperunt  eum,  dedit  eis  po- 
testatem  filios  Dei  fieri:  his 
aui  credunt  in  nomine  ejus, 
qui  non  ex  sanguinibus,  neque 
ex  voluntate  carnis,  neque 
ex  voluntate  viri,  sed  ex  Deo 
nati  sunt.  ET  VERBUM  CARO 
FACTUM  EST  (hie  genii flecti- 
tur),  et  habitavit  in  nobis,  et 
vidimus  gloriam  ejus,  gloriam 
quasi  Unigeniti  a  Patre,  ple 
num  gratise  et  veritatis. 


M.  Deo  gratias. 


This  man  came  for  a  witness, 
to  give  testimony  of  the  light, 
that  all  men  might  believe 
through  him.  He  was  not 
the  light,  but  came  to  give 
testimony  of  the  light.  He 
was  the  true  light  which  en- 
lighteneth  every  man  that 
cometh  into  this  world. 

He  was  in  the  world,  and 
the  world  was  made  by  Him. 
and  the  world  knew  Him  not. 
He  came  unto  His  own,  and 
His  own  received  Him  ;iot 
But  as  many  as  received  Him, 
to  them  He  gave  power  to 
become  the  sons  of  God:  to 
those  that  believe  in  His 
name,  who  are  born  not  of 
blood,  nor  of  the  will  of  the 
flesh,  nor  of  the  will  of  man, 
but  of  God.  AND  THE  WORD 
WAS  MADE  FLESH  (here  the 
people  kneel  down),  and 
dwelt  among  us;  and  we  saw 
His  glory,  as  it  were  the  glory 
of  the  Only-begotten  of  the 
Father,  full  of  grace  and  truth. 

R.  Thanks  be  to  God. 


When  a  feast  falls  on  a  Sunday,  or  other  day  which  has  a  proper 
Gospel  of  its  own,  the  Gospel  of  the  day  is  read  instead  of  the 
Gospel  of  St.  John. 

AFTER  MASS. 

Hail  Mary,  to  be  said  thrice  by  the  Priest  and  People. 
LVE  Regina,  Mater  *-p^  AIL,  holy  Queen,  Moth- 
misericordiae,  vita,  dul-  JL&  er  of  mercy;  hail,  our 
cedo,  et  spes  nostra  salve,  life,  our  sweetness,  and  our 
Ad  te  clamamus  exsules,  filii  hope!  To  thee  do  we  try, 
Hevae.  Ad  te  suspiramus,  poor  banished  children  of 
gementes,  et  flentes  in  hac  Eve  to  thee  do  we  send  up 


Canon  of  the  Holy  Mass. 


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lacrymarum  valle.  Eia  ergo, 
advocata  nostra,  illos  tuos 
misericordes  oculos  ad  nos 
converte.  Et  Jesum  bene- 
dictum  fructum  ventris  tui, 
nobis  post  hoc  exsilium  osten- 
de.  O  clemens,  O  pia,  O 
dulcis  Virgo  Maria. 

V.  Ora  pro  nobis,  sancta 
Dei  Genitrix. 

R.  Ut  digni  efficiamur  pro- 
rnissionibus  Christi. 


Or  emus. 

refugium  nostrum 
et  virtus,  populum  ad 
te  clamantem  propitius  re- 
spice;  et  intercedente  gloriosa 
et  immaculata  Virgine  Dei 
Genitrice  Maria,  cum  beato 
Josepho  Ejus  Sponso,  ac 
beatis  apostolis  tuis  Petro 
et  Paulo,  et  omnibus  sanctis, 
quas  pro  conversione  pecca- 
torum,  pro  libertate  et  exalta- 
tione  sanctas  Matris  Ecclesiae 
preces  effundimus,  miseri- 
cors  et  benignus  exaudi.  Per 
Christum  Dominum  nostrum. 

Amen. 

Sancte  Michael  Archangele, 
defende  nos  in  praelio:  con 
tra  nequitiam  et  insidias  di- 
aboli  esto  presidium. — Im- 
peret  illi  Deus;  supplices  de- 
precamur;  tuque,  Prince  ps 
militiae  ccelestis,  Satanam  ali- 
osque  spiritus  malignos, '  qui 


our  sighs,  mourning  and 
weeping  in  this  vale  of  tears. 
Turn,  then,  most  gracious 
advocate,  thine  eyes  of  mercy 
toward  us;  and  after  this 
our  exile,  show  unto  us  the 
blessed  fruit  of  thy  womb, 
Jesus.  O  clement,  O  loving, 
O  sweet  Virgin  Mary! 

V.  Pray  for  us,  O  holy 
Mother  of  God. 

R.  That  we  may  be  made 
worthy  of  the  promises  of 
Christ. 

Let  us  pray. 

OGOD,  our  refuge  and 
our  strength,  look 
down  in  mercy  on  Thy  people 
who  cry  to  Thee;  and  by 
the  intercession  of  the  glori 
ous  and  immaculate  Virgin 
Mary,  Mother  of  God,  of  St. 
Joseph  her  spouse,  of  Thy 
blessed  apostles  Peter  and 
Paul,  and  of  all  the  saints,  in 
mercy  and  goodness  hear  our 
prayers  for  the  conversion  of 
sinners,  and  for  the  liberty 
and  exaltation  of  our  holy 
Mother  the  Church.  Through 
Christ  our  Lord. 

Amen. 

Holy  Michael  Archangel, 
defend  us  in  the  day  of  battle; 
be  our  safeguard  against  the 
wickedness  and  snares  of  the 
devil.  May  God  rebuke  him, 
we  humbly  pray:  and  do 
thou,  prince  of  the  heavenly 
host,  by  the  power  of  God, 


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ad  perditionem  animarum 
pervagantur  in  mundo,  divina 
virtute  in  infernum  detrude. 

Amen. 

Indulgence  of  300  days. 


thrust  down  to  hell  Satan  and 
all  wicked  spirits,  who  wander 
through    the    world    for   the 
ruin  of  souls. 
Amen, 


H>ev>ottonsfor]eacbS>as  intbe  TKReefe.* 


To  be  Used  in  Connection  with,  the  Preceding  "Ordinary  o) 
the  Mass." 

.— IDotive  fl&ass  of  tbe  JBlesseO 

Ordinary  o)  the  Mass. 

PROPER  PARTS. 


INTROIT. 


BLESSED  be  the  Holy 
Trinity  and  undivided 
Unity:  we  will  give  glory  to 
Him,  because  He  hath  shown 
His  mercy  to  us.  O  Lord, 
Our  Lord,  how  wonderful  ir 
Thy  name  in  all  the  earth! 


>  E    N    E  - 
«-*P    DICTA 

sit  sancta  Trinitas  atque  indi- 
visa  Unitas:  confitebimur  ei, 
quia  fecit  nobiscum  miseri- 
cordiam  suam.  (Tob.  xii.) 
Ps.  viii.  Domine  Dominus  no- 
ster,  quam  admirabile  est  no- 
men  tuum  in  universa  terra! 

COLL.  Omnipotens.  Almighty,  everlasting  God,  Who 
hast  granted  to  Thy  servants  in  the  confession  of  the  true  faith, 
to  acknowledge  the  glory  of  the  eternal  Trinity,  and,  in  the 
power  of  Thy  Majesty,  to  adore  the  Unity;  grant  that,  by 
steadfastness  in  the  same  faith,  we  may  ever  be  defended 
from  all  adversities. 

EPISTLE.  2  Cor.  xiii.  n.  Brethren:  Rejoice,  be  perfect, 
take  exhortation,  be  of  one  mind,  have  peace:  and  the  God 
of  peace  and  of  love  shall  be  with  you.  The  grace  of  Our 
Lord  Jesus  Christ,  and  the  charity  of  God,  and  the  commu 
nication  of  the  Holy  Ghost  be  with  you  all.  Amen. 


*  From  the  Roman  Missal. 


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GRAD.  Benedictus  es  Do-  Blessed  art  Thou,  O  Lord, 

mine,  qui  intueris  abysses,  et  Who  beholdest  the  depths,  and 

sedes  super  Cherubim,  sittest  upon  the  cherubim. 

V.  Benedictus  es  Domine,  in  Blessed  art  Thou,  O  Lord,  in 

firmamento  coeli,  et  laudabilis  the  firmament  of  heaven,  and 

in  saecula.  Alleluia.  Alleluia,  worthy  of  praise  for  ever. 

V.  Benedictus  es  Domine  Alleluia.  Alleluia.  Blessed  art 

Deus  patrum  nostrorum,  et  Thou,  O  Lord  God  of  our 

laudabilis  in  saecula.  Alle-  fathers,  and  worthy  of  praise 

luia.  for  ever.  Alleluia. 

After  Septuagesima,  instead  of  the  Alleluia  and   V.  of  the 
Gradual,  is  said  the 

TRACT.  With  our  whole  hearts  we  glorify,  praise,  and 
bless  Thee,  O  God  the  Father  not  begotten,  Thee  the  only- 
begotten  Son,  Thee  the  Holy  Ghost  the  Paraclete,  the  holy 
and  undivided  Trinity.  V.  For  Thou  art  great  and  dost 
wonderful  things;  Thou  alone  art  God.  V.  To  Thee  be 
praise,  to  Thee  be  glory,  to  Thee  be  thanksgiving  for  ever  and 
ever,  O  blessed  Trinity. 

In  Paschal  time,  the  Gradual  is  omitted,  and  the  following  is 
said : 

Alleluia,  Alleluia.  Blessed  art  Thou,  O  Lord  God  of  our 
fathers,  and  worthy  of  praise  for  ever.  Alleluia.  Let  us 
bless  the  Father  and  the  Son  with  the  Holy  Ghost.  Alleluia. 

GOSPEL.  John  xv.  26,  xvi.  i,  4.  At  that  time  :  Jesus  said 
to  His  disciples:  When  the  Paraclete  cometh,  Whom  I  will 
send  you  from  the  Father,  the  Spirit  of  truth,  Who  proceedeth 
from  the  Father,  He  shall  give  testimony  of  Me;  and  you  shall 
give  testimony,  because  you  are  with  Me  from  the  beginning. 
These  things  have  I  spoken  to  you,  that  you  may  not  be 
scandalized.  They  will  put  you  out  of  the  synagogues;  yea, 
the  hour  cometh,  that  whosoever  killeth  you,  will  think  that 
he  doth  a  service  to  God.  And  these  things  will  they  do  to 
you,  because  they  have  not  known  the  Father  nor  Me.  But 
these  things  I  have  told  you;  that  when  the  hour  shall  come, 
you  may  remember  that  I  told  you  of  them. 

OFF.  Benedictus  sit  Deus  Blessed  be  God  the  Father, 
Pater  unigenitusque  Dei  Fili-  and  the  only-begotten  Son  of 


z&o      Jfass  Devotions  for  Each  Day  in  the  Week. 

us,  sanctus  quoque  Spiritus;  God,  and  also  the  Holy  Spirit; 
quia  fecit  nobiscum  miseri-  because  He  has  shown  His 
cordiam  suam.  mercy  to  us. 

SEC.  Sanctify,  we  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord  our  God,  by 
the  invocation  of  Thy  holy  name,  the  victim  of  this  oblation; 
and  through  the  same  perfect  us  as  an  eternal  offering  to  Thee. 

COMM.  We  bless  the  God  of  heaven,  and  we  will  give 
glory  to  Him  in  the  sight  of  all  that  live:  because  He  hath 
shown  His  mercy  to  us. 

P.  COMM.  May  the  receiving  of  this  sacrament,  O  Lord 
our  God,  avail  us  to  the  salvation  of  body  and  soul:  togethei 
with  the  confession  of  an  everlasting  Holy  Trinity,  and  of  the 
undivided  Unity  thereof.  Through,  etc. 

MASS  OF  THANKSGIVING. 

N.B.  On  any  occasion  of  Thanksgiving,  either  the  Votive  Mass 
of  the  Blessed  Trinity,  or  that  o)  the  Holy  Ghost,  or  of  the  Blessed 
Virgin  Mary,  is  said,  with  the  addition  of  the  following  Collect, 
Secret,  and  Post-Communion. 

COLL.  Dens,  cnjus.  O  God,  Whose  mercies  are  without 
number,  and  the  treasure  of  Whose  goodness  is  infinite,  we 
give  Thee  thanks  for  the  blessings  Thou  hast  bestowed  on  us: 
always  beseeching  Thy  divine  Majesty,  that  as  Thou  gran  test 
what  we  ask,  so  Thou  wouldst  continue  Thy  favors  to  us  in 
such  a  manner  that  by  them  we  may  be  prepared  for  receiving 
the  rewards  of  eternal  happiness. 

SECRET.  Receive,  O  Lord,  this  sacrifice  of  thanksgiving, 
and  grant  that  those,  whom  Thou  hast  heard,  and  hitherto 
preserved,  may  hereafter  be  defended  against  all  adversity, 
and  that  they  may  serve  Thee  and  love  Thee  more  and  more. 

P.  COMM.  Deus,  qui.  O  God,  Who  hast  compassion  on 
those  who  hope  in  Thee,  and  sufferest  not  that  they  shall  be 
overwhelmed  with  afflictions;  O  Lord  ever  mercifully  atten 
tive  to  the  petitions  of  the  faithful:  we  give  Thee  thanks  for 
having  heard  our  prayers,  and  humbly  beseech  Thee  that, 
by  Thy  favor,  we  may  be  delivered  from  all  adversity. 


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.—  Dotive  dfcaes  of  tbe  tools  <5bost. 

Dedicated  to  the  Holy  Ghost  and  to  the  Holy  Souls  in  Purga 
tory. 

Ordinary  of  the  Mass. 

PROPER   PARTS. 

INTROIT.  ^PIRITUS  JJ^HE  Spirit  of  the  Lord 

^5     Domini  re-  *^J     hath   filled  the   whole 

plevit  orbem  terrarum,  Alle-  earth,     Alleluia;     and     that 

luia;    et   hoc    quod   continet  which   containeth   all   things 

omnia,  scientiam  habet  vocis,  hath  knowledge  of  the  voice, 

Alleluia,  Alleluia.     Ps.     Ex-  Alleluia,    Alleluia.     Ps.    Let 

urgat    Deus,    et    dissipentur  God  arise,  and  let  His  enemies 

inimici   ejus:    et  fugiant,  qui  be  scattered:    let  them  that 

oderunt  eum,  a  facie  ejus.     F.  hate    Him    flee    from    before 

Gloria.  His  face.     F.  Glory. 

COLL.  Deus,  qui.  O  God,  Who  by  the  light  of  the  Holy 
Ghost,  didst  instruct  the  hearts  of  the  faithful:  grant,  by  the 
direction  of  the  same  Holy  Spirit,  that  we  may  relish  what  is 
right,  and  always  enjoy  His  consolation.  Through,  etc. 

LESSON..  Acts  viii.  14,  17.  In  those  days:  When  the  apostles 
who  were  in  Jerusalem,  had  heard  that  Samaria  had  received 
the  word  of  God:  they  sent  to  them  Peter  and  John.  Who, 
when  they  were  come,  prayed  for  them,  that  they  might  re 
ceive  the  Holy  Ghost.  For  He  was  not  as  yet  come  upon  any 
of  them:  but  they  were  only  baptized  in  the  name  of  the 
Lord  Jesus.  Then  they  laid  their  hands  upon  them,  and 
they  received  the  Holy  Ghost. 

GRAD.  Blessed  is  the  nation  whose  God  is  the  Lord:  the 
people  whom  the  Lord  hath  chosen  for  His  inheritance. 
By  the  word  of  the  Lord  the  heavens  were  established: 
and  all  the  power  of  them  by  the  spirit  of  His  mouth. 
Alleluia,  Alleluia.  F.  (Here  kneel.)  Come,  O  Holy  Ghost, 
fill  the  hearts  of  Thy  faithful,  and  kindle  in  them  the  fire  of 
Thy  love.  Alleluia. 

After  Septuagesima,  instead  of  the  foregoing  Alleluia  and  F. 

is  said  the 

TRACT.  Ps.  ciii.  Send  forth  Thy  Spirit,  and  they  shall 
be  created;  and  Thou  shalt  renew  the  face  of  the  earth, 


282      Mass  Devotions  for  Each  Day  in  the  Week. 

V.  O  Lord,  how  good  and  how  sweet  is  Thy  Spirit 
within  us.  Come,  O  Holy  Ghost,  fill  the  hearts  of  Thv 
faithful,  and  kindle  in  them  the  fire  of  Thy  love. 

In  Paschal  time,  instead  oj  the  Gradual,  is  said: 

Alleluia,  Alleluia. 

V.  Send  forth  Thy  Spirit,  and  they  shall  be  created;  and 
Thou  shalt  renew  the  face  of  the  earth.  Alleluia. 

V.  Come,  O  Holy  Spirit,  fill  the  hearts  of  Thy  faithful; 
and  kindle  in  them  the  fire  of  Thy  love. 

SEQUENCE  (FOR  PENTECOST). 
sirr'ENI>  Sancte  Spiritus,        *r^  OLY    Spirit!    Lord    of 

*  J-l     light! 

Lt  emitte  ccehtus  From  Thy  clear  celestial  height, 

Lua*  *uae  radium.  Thy  pure  beaming  radiance 

give. 


Veni,  Paiier  pauperum, 
Veni,  dator  munerum, 
Veni,  lumen  cordium. 


Consolator  optime, 
Dulcis  hospes  animae, 
Dulce  refrigerium. 


In  labore  requies, 

In  acstu  temperies, 
In  fletu  solatium. 

O  Lux  beatissima 
Reple  cordis  intinia 

Tuorum  fidelium. 
Sine  tuo  numine 


Come,   Thou   Father  of  the 

poor! 
Come,   with  treasures  which 

endure: 
Come,  Thou  light  of  all  that 

live! 

Thou,  of  all  consolers  best, 
Visiting  the  troubled  breast, 
Dost  refreshing  peace  be 
stow. 

Thou    in    toil    art    comforl 

sweet, 

Pleasant  coolness  in  the  heat; 
Solace  in  the  midst  of  woe. 

Light  immortal!  Light  divine! 
Visit   Thou   these   hearts   of 

Thine! 
And  our  inmost  being  fill: 

If  Thou  take  Thy  grace  away, 


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Nihil  est  in  homine, 
Nihil  est  innoxium. 

Lava  quod  est  sordidum, 
Riga  quod  est  aridum, 
Sana  quod  est  saucium. 

Flecte  quod  est  rigidum, 
Fove  quod  est  frigidum, 
Rege  quod  esj;  devium. 


Da  tuis  fidelibus 
In  te  confidentibus 
Sacrum  septenarium. 


Da  virtutis  meritum, 
Da  salutis  exitum, 
Da  perenne  gaudium. 
Amen.     Alleluia. 


Nothing  pure  in  man  will  stay; 
All  his  good  is  turn'd  to  ill. 

Heal      our       wounds — our 

strength  renew 
On   our   dryness   pour   Thy 

dew; 
Wash  the  stains  of  guilt 

away. 

Bend  the  stubborn  heart  and 

will; 
Melt  the  frozen,  warm  the 

chill; 
Guide  the  steps  that  go 

astray. 

Thou,  on  those  who  evermore 
Thee  confess  and  Thee  adore, 
In  Thy  sevenfold  gifts  de 
scend: 

Give  them  comfort  when  they 

die, 
Give  them  life  with  Thee  on 

high, 
Give  them  jcys  which  never 

end. 

Amen.     Alleluia. 


GOSPEL.  John  xiv.  23,  31.  At  that  time:  Jesus  said  to  His 
disciples:  If  any  one  love  Me,  he  will  keep  My  word,  and  My 
Father  will  love  him,  and  We  will  come  to  him,  and  will  make 
Our  abode  with  him:  he  that  loveth  Me  not,  keepeth  not  My 
words.  And  the  word  which  you  have  heard  is  not  Mine: 
but  the  Father's  Who  sent  Me.  These  things  have  I  spoken 
to  you,  abiding  with  you.  But  the  Paraclete,  the  Holy  Ghost, 
Whom  the  Father  will  send  in  My  name,  He  will  teach  you  all 
things,  and  bring  all  things  to  your  mind,  whatsoever  I  shall 
have  said  to  you.  Peace  I  leave  with  you,  My  peace  I  give 
to  you:  not  as  the  world  giveth,  do  I  give  unto. you.  Let 


284      Mass  Devotions  for  Each  Day  in  the  Week. 

not  your  heart  be  troubled,  nor  let  it  be  afraid.  You  have 
heard  that  I  have  said  to  you:  I  go  away,  and  I  come  again 
to  you.  If  you  loved  Me,  you  would  indeed  be  glad,  because 
I  go  to  the  Father:  for  the  Father  is  greater  than  I.  And 
now  I  have  told  you  before  it  come  to  pass:  that  when  it  shall 
come  to  pass,  you  may  believe.  I  will  not  now  speak  many 
things  with  you.  For  the  prince  of  this  world  cometh,  and 
in  Me  he  hath  not  anything.  But  that  the  world  may  know 
that  I  love  the  Father:  and  as  the  Father  hath  given  Me 
commandment,  so  do  I. 

OFFERT.  Ps.  Ixvii.  Confirm,  O  God,  what  Thou  hast 
wrought  in  us,  from  Thy  holy  temple  which  is  in  Jerusalem: 
kings  shall  offer  presents  to  Thee.  Alleluia. 

SECRET.  Sanctify,  we  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord,  these  obla 
tions,  and  purify  our  hearts  by  the  light  of  the  Holy  Ghost. 
Through,  etc. 

COMM.  Acts  ii.  Suddenly  there  came  a  sound  from  heaven, 
as  of  a  mighty  wind  coming  where  they  were  sitting,  Alleluia: 
and  they  were  all  filled  with  the  Holy  Ghost,  and  published 
the  wonderful  works  of  God.  Alleluia. 

P.  COMM.  May  the  pouring  forth  of  the  Holy  Ghost  into 
our  hearts,  cleanse  them,  O  Lord,  and  render  them  fruitful 
by  the  dew  of  His  grace.  Through,  etc. 

Mass  for  the  Holy  Souls  in  Purgatory  on  page  982,  after 
the  Burial  Service. 


of  tbe  1bolg  2lnc?ds. 

Ordinary  of  the  Mass. 

PROPER  PARTS. 

INTROIT.    *fv^  E  N  E  D  I-  "YT^LESS  the  Lord   all   ye 

J*5      CITE  t*ZJ     His  angels:  you  that 

Dominum  omnes  angeli  ejus:  are  mighty  in  strength,  and 

potentes    virtute    qui    facitis  execute   His   word,    hearken- 

verbum  ejus,  ad  audiendam  ing  to  the  voice  of  His  orders. 

vocerr*  sermonum  ejus.    Alle-  Alleluia.    Alleluia.     Bless  the 

luia.  Alleluia.    Ps.  cii.  Bene-  Lord,  O  my  soul:  and  let  all 

die  anima  mea  Domino:    et  that  is  within  me  bless  His 

omnia   quae   intra    me   sunt,  holy  name. 
nomini  sancto  ejus. 


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COLL.  Deus  qui  miro.  O  God,  Who  disposes!  the  ser 
vices  of  angels  and  men  in  a  wonderful  order;  mercifully 
grant  that  those  who  ever  stand  before  Thee,  ministering  to 
Thee  in  heaven,  may  also  protect  our  life  here  upon  earth. 

LESS.  Apoc.  v.  11-14.  Audivi  vocem  angelorum. — And  I 
beheld,  and  I  heard  the  voice  of  many  angels  round  about 
the  throne,  and  the  living  creatures  and  the  ancients:  and 
the  number  of  them  was  thousands  of  thousands,  saying 
with  a  loud  voice:  The  Lamb  that  was  slain  is  worthy  to  re 
ceive  power,  and  divinity,  and  wisdom,  and  strength,  and 
honor,  and  glory,  and  benediction.  And  every  creature, 
which  is  in  heaven,  and  on  the  earth,  and  under  the  earth, 
and  such  as  are  in  the  sea,  and  all  that  are  in  them:  I  heard 
all  saying:  To  Him  that  sitteth  on  the  throne,  and  to  the 
Lamb,  benediction  and  honor  and  glory  and  power  for  ever 
and  ever.  And  the  four  living  creatures  said:  Amen.  And 
the  four-and-twenty  ancients  fell  down  on  their  faces:  and 
adored  Him  that  liveth  for  ever  and  ever. 


GRAD.  Ps.  cxlviii.  Lau- 
date  Dominum  de  coelis: 
laudate  eum  in  excelsis.  V. 
Laudate  eum  omnes  angeli 
e-jus:  laudate  eum  omnes 
virtutes  ejus.  Alleluia.  Alle 
luia.  V.  Ps.  cxxxvii.  In 
conspectu  angelorum  psallam 
tibi:  adorabo  ad  templum 
sanctum  tuum,  et  confitebor 
nomini  tuo.  Alleluia. 


Praise  ye  the  Lord  from 
the  heavens:  praise  ye  Him 
from  the  high  places.  Praise 
ye  Him,  all  His  angels: 
praise  ye  Him,  all  His  hosts. 
Alleluia.  Alleluia.  I  will 
sing  praise  to  Thee  in  the 
sight  of  the  angels:  I  will 
worship  toward  Thy  holy 
temple,  and  I  will  give  glory 
to  Thy  name.  Alleluia. 


After  Septuagesima,  Alleluia  and  V.  are  omitted,  and  the  fol 
lowing  is  said: 


TRACT.  Ps.  cii.  Bene- 
dicite  Dominum  omnes  an 
geli  ejus:  potentes  virtute, 
qui  facitis  verbum  ejus.  F. 
Benedicite  Domino  omnes 
virtutes  ejus:  ministri  ejus, 
qui  facitis  voluntatem  ejus. 
F.  Benedicite  Domino  om- 


Bless  the  Lord,  all  ye  His 
angels:  ye  that  are  mighty 
in  strength,  and  execute  His 
word,  hearkening  to  the  voice 
of  His  orders.  Bless  the 
Lord,  all  ye  His  hosts:  ye 
ministers  of  His  that  do  His 
will.  Bless  the  Lord,  all  His 


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nia  opera  ejus:  in  omni  loco  works:  in  every  place  of  His 
dominationis  ejus,  benedic  dominion,  O  my  soul,  bless 
anima  mea  Domino.  thou  the  Lord. 

In  Paschal  time,  instead  oj  the  Gradual  is  said : 

Alleluia,  alleluia.  V.  In  con-  Alleluia,    alleluia.      I    will 

spectu     angelorum     psallam  sing   praise   to  Thee,  in  the 

tibi:    adorabo    ad    tern  plum  sight  of  the   angels:    I   will 

sanctum  tuum,  et  confitebor  worship    toward     Thy     holy 

nomini     tuo.      Alleluia.      V.  temple,   and  will   give    glory 

Matt,    xxviii.      Angelus  Do-  to  Thy  name.     Alleluia.     An 

mini    descendit    de    ccelo,  et  angel  of  the  Lord  descended 

accedens     revolvit     lapidem,  from    heaven:    and    coming, 

et  sedebat  super  eum.     Alle-  rolled    back    the   stone,  and 

luia.  sat  upon  it.     Alleluia. 

GOSP.  John  i.  47-51.  Vidit  Jesus  Nathanael  venientem. — 
Jesus  saw  Nathanael  coming  to  Him,  and  He  saith  of  him: 
Behold  an  Israelite  indeed,  in  whom  there  is  no  guile.  Na 
thanael  saith  to  Him:  Whence  knowest  Thou  me?  Jesus 
answered,  and  said  to  him:  Before  that  Philip  called  thee, 
when  thou  wast  under  the  fig-tree,  I  saw  thee.  Nathanael 
answered  Him,  and  said:  Rabbi,  Thou  art  the  Son  of  God, 
Thou  art  the  King  of  Israel.  Jesus  answered,  and  said  to  him: 
Because  I  said  unto  thee,  I  saw  thee  under  the  fig-tree, 
thou  believest:  greater  things  than  these  shalt  thou  see. 
And  He  saith  to  him.  Amen,  amen,  I  say  to  you,  you  shall 
see  the  heaven  opened,  and  the  angels  of  God  ascending 
and  descending  upon  the  Son  of  man. 

OFF.    Stetit  angelus   juxta  An   angel   stood   near  the 

aram    templi,    habens   thuri-  altar  of   the   temple,   having 

bulum  aureum  in  manu  sua;  a  golden  censer  in  his  hand; 

et  data  sunt  ei  incensa  multa:  and  there  was  given   to  him 

et  ascendit  fumus  aromatum  much  incense:   and  the  smoke 

in  conspectu  Dei.     Alleluia.  of  the  perfume  ascended  be 
fore  God.    Alleluia. 

SEC.  We  offer  to  Thee,  O  Lord,  the  sacrifices  of  praise, 
humbly  beseeching  Thee  that  by  the  suffrages  of  angels  in  our 
behalf,  Thou  wouldst  graciously  accept  them,  and  grant 
that  they  may  conduce  to  our  salvation. 


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COMM.    Angeli,  archangel!,        Angels,    archangels, 

throni       et       dominationes,  thrones     and      dominations, 

principatus  et  potestates,  vir-  principalities      and     powers, 

tutes  ccelorum,  cherubim  at-  the   virtues   of   the   heavens, 

que  seraphim    Dominum  be-  cherubim       and      seraphim, 

nedicite  in  aeternum.  bless  ye  the  Lord  for  ever. 

P.  COMM.  Being  replenished,  O  Lord,  with  heavenly  bene 
diction,  we  suppliantly  beseech  Thee,  that,  by  the  aid  of  the 
holy  angels  and  archangels,  what  we  celebrate  by  our  un 
worthy  office  may  be  conducive  to  our  salvation. 


Dottve  flbass  of  St. 

Ordinary  of  the  Mass. 

PROPER  PARTS. 

INTROIT.     '•jrrDJUTOR  JJ[HE  Lord  is  our  helper 

,^/J-,    etprotec-  >-J     and  protector:   in  Him 

tor  ncster  est  Dominus:  in  eo  our  heart   shall  rejoice,   and 

laetabitur  cor  nostrum,  et  in  in   His  holy   name   we   hav2 

nomine  sancto  ejus  speravi-  trusted.       Alleluia,     alleluia. 

mus.     Alleluia,  alleluia.    (Ps.  Give  ear,  O  Thou  that  rulest 

Ixxxii.)   Ps.  Ixxix.    Qui  regis  Israel:     Thou    that    leadest 

Israel   intende:    qui    deducis  Joseph  like  a  sheep. 
velut  <  vem  Joseph. 

COLL.  Deus  qui.  O  God,  Who  by  Thy  unspeakable  provi 
dence,  didst  vouchsafe  to  choose  blessed  Joseph  to  be  the 
spouse  of  Thy  most  holy  Mother;  grant  that,  as  we  venerate 
him  for  our  protector  on  earth,  we  may  deserve  to  be  aided 
by  his  intercession  in  heaven. 

EPISTLE.  Gen.  xlix.  Joseph  is  a  growing  son,  and  comely 
to  behold;  the  daughters  run  to  and  fro  upon  the  wall.  But 
they  that  held  darts  provoked  him,  and  quarrelled  with  him, 
and  envied  him;  his  bow  rested  upon  the  strong,  and  the 
bands  of  his  arms  and  his  hands  were  loosed  by  the  hands 
of  the  mighty  One  of  Jacob:  thence  he  came  forth  a  pastor, 
the-  stone  of  Israel.  The  God  of  thy  father  shall  be  thy 
helper,  and  the  Almighty  shall  bless  thee  with  the  blessings 
of  heaven  above,  with  the  blessings  of  the  deep  that  lieth 
beneath,  with  the  blessings  of  the  breasts  and  of  the  womb. 


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The  blessings  of  thy  father  are  strengthened  with  the  blessings 
of  his  fathers  until  the  desire  of  the  everlasting  hills  shall 
come.  May  they  be  upon  the  head  of  Joseph,  and  upon 
the  crown  of  the  Nazarite  among  His  brethren. 


GRAD.  Domine  praevenisti 
eum  in  benedictionibus  dulce- 
dinis:  posuisti  in  capite  ejus 
coronam  de  lapide  pretioso. 
V.  Vitam  petiit  a  te,  et  tri- 
buisti  ei  longitudinem  dierum 
in  saeculum  saeculi.  Alleluia. 
Alleluia.  V.  Fac  nos  innocu- 
am,  Joseph,  decurrere  vitam: 
sitque  tuo  semper  tuta  patroci- 
nio.  Alleluia. 


O  Lord,  Thou  hast  pre 
vented  him  with  blessings  of 
sweetness;  Thou  hast  set  on 
his  head  a  crown  of  pre 
cious  stones.  V.  He  asked  life 
of  Thee,  and  Thou  hast  given 
him  length  of  days  forever  and 
ever.  Alleluia.  Alleluia.  V. 
Obtain  for  us,  O  Joseph,  that 
we  may  lead  an  innocent  life; 
and  may  it  ever  be  safe  through 
thy  patronage.  Alleluia. 


After  Septuagesima. 


TRACT.  Beatus  vir  qui  ti- 
met  Dominum:  in  mandatis 
ejus  cupit  nimis.  Potens  in 
terra  erit  semen  ejus,  ge- 
neratio  rectorum  benedicetur. 
Gloria,  et  divitiae  in  domo 
ejus,  et  justitia  ejus  manet  in 
saeculum  saeculi. 


Blessed  is  the  man  that 
feareth  the  Lord;  he  delights 
exceedingly  in  His  command 
ments.  His  seed  shall  be 
mighty  upon  the  earth;  the 
generation  of  the  righteous 
shall  be  blessed.  Glory  and 
wealth  shall  be  in  his  house; 
and  his  justice  remaineth  for 
ever  and  ever. 


GOSPEL.  Luke  iii.  At  that  time:  It  came  to  pass,  when 
all  the  people  were  baptized,  that  Jesus,  also  being  baptized 
and  praying,  heaven  was  opened:  and  the  Holy  Ghost  de 
scended  in  a  bodily  shape  as  a  dove  upon  Him;  and  a  voice 
came  from  heaven:  Thou  art  My  beloved  Son,- in  Thee  I  am 
well  pleased.  And  Jesus  Himself  was  beginning  about  the 
age  of  thirty  years,  being,  as  it  was  supposed,  the  son  of  Joseph. 

OFFERT.  Ps.  cxlvii.  Praise  the  Lord,  O  Jerusalem,  be 
cause  He  hath  strengthened  the  bolts  of  thy  gates:  He  hath 
blessed  thy  children  within  thee. 

SEC.     Supported  by  the  patronage  of  the  spouse  of  Thy 


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most  holy  Mother,  we  beseech  Thy  clemency,  O  Lord,  that 
Thou  wouldst  make  our  hearts  despise  all  earthly  things, 
and  love  Thee,  the  true  God,  with  perfect  charity. 

COMM.    Matt.  i.   Jacob au-  But   Jacob   begat   Joseph, 

tern     genuit     Joseph     virum  the    husband    of    Mary,    of 

Mariae,    de    qua    natus    est  whom  was  born  Jesus,  Who  is 

Jesus,  qui  vocatur  Christus.  called  Christ. 

P.  COMM.  Divini.  Refreshed  at  the  fountain  of  divine 
blessing,  we  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord  our  God,  that  as  Thou 
makest  us  rejoice  in  the  protection  of  blessed  Joseph,  so  by 
his  merits  and  intercession  Thou  wouldst  make  us  partakers 
of  celestial  glory. 

Spiritual  Communion. 

JESUS,  my  divine  Saviour,  like  a  meek  and  gentle 
lamb  Thou  didst  offer  Thyself  upon  the  cross  as 
a  sacrifice  for  the  whole  world,  and  in  Thine  own  most 
precious  blood  didst  wash  away  our  sins.  On  our  altars 
Thou  dost  renew  the  sacrifice  of  the  cross,  and  givest 
Thyself,  moreover,  to  us  as  the  food  of  our  souls.  I 
may  not  now  receive  Thee  really  in  the  Blessed  Sac 
rament,  but  my  soul  sighs  and  longs  for  Thee,  and 
therefore  I  beseech  Thee  in  Thy  love  and  mercy  to 
unite  Thyself  to  me,  at  least  in  a  spiritual  manner. 
Thou  didst  condescend  to  heal  so  many,  when  they  but 
touched  the  hem  of  Thy  garment.  Permit  me  now, 
good  Master,  gentle  Saviour,  to  touch  Thee  in  spirit 
and  with  confidence  that  my  poor  soul  may  be  freed 
from  all  its  ills.  Come  to  me,  Jesus,  come,  and  re 
main  with  me  always;  let  me  nevermore  be  separated 
from  Thee  by  sin!  I  thank  Thee  for  all  Thy  graces 
and  blessings.  I  love  Thee  above  all  things  and  with 
my  whole  heart.  Bless  me,  that  I  may  persevere  in  Thy 
service  to  the  end  of  my  life. 

Dear  St.  Joseph!  how  great,  how  innumerable  were 
the  graces  which  thou  didst  receive,  when  the  divine 
Child  dwelt  under  thy  roof!  How  inexpressible  was  the 
happiness  of  thy  heart,  when  thou  didst  carry  Him  in 


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thy  arms!  Pray  for  me,  holy  foster-father  of  Jesus,  my 
Saviour,  that  this  spiritual  communion  may  be  most 
salutary  .to  me,  that  the  strength  of  the  Most  Holy  Sac 
rament  may  be  my  support  in  all  the  trials  and  tempta 
tions  of  life,  that  it  may  strengthen  me  in  all  good,  and 
help  me  to  win  the  crown  of  eternal  glory. 


.—  /foass  of  tbe  JBlesseD  Sacrament.* 

Ordinary  of  the  Mass. 

PROPER  PARTS. 

INTROIT.  fSIBAVIT  eos  *-pJ  E  fed  them  with  the  fat  of 

^-\    ex     adipe  «•*-£     wheat,    Alleluia;    and 

frumenti,  Alleluia;  et  de  petra  filled  them  with  honey  out  of 

melle  saturavit  eos.     Alleluia,  the  rock.     Alleluia,  Alleluia, 

Alleluia.    Ps.  Ixxx.    Exultate  Alleluia.     Rejoice  to  God  our 

Deo  adjutori  nostro;   jubilate  Helper;  sing  aloud  to  the  God 

Deo  Jacob.  of  Jacob. 

COLL.  Deus  qid.  O  God,  Who  under  a  wonderful  Sacra 
ment  hast  left  us  a  memorial  of  Thy  Passion;  grant  us  the 
grace,  we  beseech  Thee,  so  to  venerate  the  sacred  mysteries  of 
Thy  body  and  blood,  that  we  may  ever  feel  within  us  the  fruit 
of  Thy  redemption. 

EPIST.  i  Cor.  xi.  23-29.  Fr.  ego  enim.  —  Brethren,  I  have 
received  of  the  Lord,  that  which  also  I  have  delivered  to  you, 
that  the  Lord  Jesus,  the  same  night  in  which  He  was  betrayed, 
took  bread,  and  giving  thanks,  broke,  and  said,  Take  ye,  and 
eat;  this  is  My  body  which  shall  be  delivered  for  you;  this 
do  for  the  commemoration  of  Me.  In  like  manner  also  the 
chalice,  after  He  had  supped,  saying,  This  chalice  is  the  new 
testament  in  My  blood;  this  do  ye,  as  often  as  you  shall 
drink,  for  the  commemoration  of  Me.  For  as  often  as  you 
shall  eat  this  bread,  and  drink  this  chalice,  you  shall  show 
the  death  of  the  Lord  until  He  come.  Therefore,  whosoever 
shall  eat  this  bread,  or  drink  of  the  chalice  of  the  Lord  un 
worthily,  shall  be  guilty  of  the  body  and  of  the  blood  of  the 
Lord.  But  let  a  man  prove  himself;  and  so  let  him  eat  of 
that  bread,  and  drink  of  the  chalice.  For  he  that  eateth 

*  For  Mass  of  the  Sacred  Heart,  see  "  Mass  in  Union  with  tht 
Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,"  page  331. 


Mass  Devotions  for  Each  Day  in  the  Week.      291 


and  drinketh  unworthily,  eateth  and  drinketh  judgment  to 
himself,  not  discerning  the  body  of  the  Lord. 


GRAD.  Ps.  cxliv.  Oculi 
omnium  in  te  sperant  Domine, 
et  tu  das  illis  escam  in  tern- 
pore  opportune.  V.  Aperis 
tu  manum  tuam,  et  imples 
omne  animal  benedictione. 
Alleluia,  Alleluia.  V.  Caro 
mea  vere  est  cibus,  et  sanguis 
meus  vere  est  potus:  qui 
manducat  meam  carnem  et 
bibit  meum  sanguinem,  in 
me  manet,  et  ego  in  eo. 


The  eyes  of  all  hope  in 
Thee,  O  Lord,  and  Thou 
givest  them  meat  in  due  sea 
son.  V.  Thou  openest  Thy 
hand,  and  fillest  every  living 
creature  with  Thy  blessing. 
Alleluia,  Alleluia.  V.  My  flesh 
is  meat  indeed,  and  My  blood 
is  drink  indeed:  he  that 
eateth  My  flesh  and  drinketh 
My  blood,  abideth  in  Me, 
and  I  in  him. 


After  Septuagesima  Alleluia  and  V.  in  the  Grad.  are  omitted, 
and  the  /olio-wing  Tract  is  said : 


TRACT.    Mai.  i.  _Ab..ortu 

solis  usque  ad  occasum,  mag 
num  est  nomen  meum  in 
Gentfbus.  V.  Et  in  omni 
1  loco  sacrificatur,  et  offertur 
"TToTrri-nr'Tireo"  "bblatio  munda: 
quia  magnum  est  nomen  me 
um  in  Gentibus.  V.  Prov. 
IX.  Venite,  comedite  panem 
meum:  et  bibite  vinum,  quod 
miscui  vobis. 

In  Paschal  time,  instead 

Alleluia,  Alleluia.  V.  Luc. 
xxiv.  Cognoverunt  discipuli 
Dominum  Jesum  fractione 
panis.  Alleluia.  V.  Caro  mea 
vere  est  cibus,  et  sanguis  meus 
vere  est  potus:  qui  manducat 
meum  carnem,  et  bibit  meum 
sanguinem,  in  me  manet  et 
ego  in  eo.  Alleluia. 


From  the  rising  of  the  sun, 
even  to  the  going  down,  My 
name  is  great  among  the 
Gentiles.  And  in  every  place 
there  is  sacrifice,  and  there  is 
offered  to  My  name  a  cle'an 
offering:  for  My  name  is 
great  among  the  Gentiles. 
Come,  eat  My  bread,  and 
drink  the  wine  which  I  have 
mingled  for  you. 

of  the  Grad.  is  said : 

Alleluia,  Alleluia.  The  dis 
ciples  knew  the  Lord  Jesus  in 
the  breaking  of  bread.  Alle 
luia.  My  flesh  is  meat  indeed, 
and  My  blood  is  drink  indeed: 
he  that  eateth  My  flesh,  and 
drinketh  My  blood,  abideth 
in  Me  and  I  in  him.  Alleluia. 


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*  GOSP.  John  vi.  56-59.  In  illo  Caro  mea. — At  that  time, 
Jesus  said  to  the  multitudes  of  the  Jews:  My  flesh  is  meat 
indeed,  and  My  blood  is  drink  indeed.  He  that  eateth  My 
flesh,  and  drinketh  My  blood,  abideth  in  Me,  and  I  in  him. 
As  the  living  Father  hath  sent  Me,  and  I  live  by  the  Father, 
so  he  that  eateth  Me,  the  same  also  shall  live  by  Me:  This 
is  the  bread  that  came  down  from  heaven.  Not  as  your 
fathers  did  eat  manna  and  are  dead.  He  that  eateth  this 
bread  shall  live  for  ever. 

OFF.    Lev.  xxi.   Sacerdotes  The    priests   of  the   Lord 

Domini    incensum    et    panes  offer   incense   and   loaves   to 

offerunt  Deo,  et  ideo  sancti  God,  and  therefore  they  shall 

erunt  Deo  suo,  et  non  pollu-  be  holy  to  their  God,  and  shall 

ent  nomen  ejus.     Alleluia.  not  defile  His  name.   Alleluia. 

SEC.  We  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord,  mercifully  to  grant  to  Thy 
Church  the  gifts  of  unity  and  peace,  which  are  mystically 
designated  under  the  gifts  we  offer. 

PREFACE.  Quia  per  incarnati,  as  in  Ordinary. 

COMM.     i  Cor.   xi.     Quo-  As  often   as   ye   shall   eat 

tic-scumque  manducabitis  pa-  this    bread,    and    drink    the 

nem  hunc,  et  calicem  bibetis,  chalice,   ye  shall  show  forth 

mori;em   Domini  annuntiabi-  the  death  of  the  Lord,  until 

tis  donee  veniat:    itaque  qui-  He   come:    therefore   whoso- 

cumque  manducaverit  panem,  ever  shall  eat  this  bread  or 

vel    biberit    calicem    Domini  drink  the  chalice  of  the  Lord 

indigne,  reus  erit  corporis  et  unworthily,  shall  be  guilty  of 

sanguinis   Domini.     Alleluia,  the   body   and   blood  of  the 

Lord.     Alleluia. 

P.  COMM.  Fac  nos.  Grant,  we  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord, 
that  we  may  be  filled  with  the  everlasting  fruition  of  Thy 
divinity,  which  is  prefigured  by  the  temporal  reception  of  Thy 
precious  body  and  blood. 


*  On  the  Feast  of  "Corpus  Christi"  is  recited,  before  the 
Gospel,  the  Sequence:  "  Lauda  Sion."  It  is  appended  at  the  end 
of  *J»is  Mass. 


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SEQUENCE. 


*1~"|  AUDA  Sion  Salvatorem,     £^fION.  lift  thy  voice  and 

,-•—  *  ^5     sing; 

Lauda  Ducem  et  Pastorem,        Praise   thy   Saviour  and  thy 

King; 
In  hymnis  et  canticis.  Praise  with  hymns  thy  Shep 

herd  true: 
Quantum  potes,  tantum  aude:     Strive  thy  best  to  praise  Him 

well, 

Quia  major  omni  laude,  Yet  doth  He  all  praise  excel: 

Nee  laudare  sufficis.  None   can  ever  reach  His 

due. 


Laudis  thema  specialis, 
Panis  vivus  et  vitalis 

Hodie  proponitur 
Quern  in  sacrae  mensa  ccenae 

Turbae  fratrum  duodenae 
Datum  non  ambigitur. 

Sit  laus  plena,  sit  senora, 

Sit  jucunda,  sit  decora 

Mentis  jubilatio. 
Dies  enim  solemnis  agitur, 
In  qua  mensae  prima  recolitur 

Hujus  institutio. 

In  hac  mensa  novi  Regis 
Novum  pascha  novae  legis 

Phase  vetus  terminal. 
Vetustatem  novitas, 

Umbram  fugat  veritas, 
Noctem  lux  eliminat. 


See  to-day  before  us  laid 
The    living    and    life-giving 

bread! 
Theme  for  praise  and  joy 

profound! 
The  same  which  at  the  sacred 

board 

Was,  by  our  incarnate  Lord, 
Giv'n  to  His  apostles  round. 

Let  the  praise  be  loud  and 

high: 
Sweet  and  tranquil  be  the  joy 

Felt  to-day  in  every  breast, 
On  this  festival  divine, 
Which  records  the  origin 

Of  the  glorious  Eucharist. 

On  this  table  of  the  King, 
Our  new  paschal  offering 

Brings  to  end  the  olden  rite. 
Here,     for     empty    shadows 

fled, 
Is  Reality  instead; 

Here,  instead  of  darkness, 
light. 


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Quod  in  coena  Christus  gessit,     His  own  act,  at  supper  seated, 
Faciendum  hoc  expressit  Christ  ordain'd  to  be  repeated, 

In  sui  memoriam. 
Docti  sacris  institutis, 


Panem,  vinum  in  salutis 
Consecramus  hostium. 


Dogma  datur  Christianis 


In  His  memory  divine; 
Wherefore  now,  with  adora 
tion, 

We  the  Host  of  our  salvation 
Consecrate  from  bread  and 
wine. 


Hear  what  holy  Church  main- 

taineth, 
Quod  in  carnem  transit  panis      That  the  bread  its  substance 

changeth 
Into    flesh,     the    wine    to 

blood. 

Quod   non   capis,   quod  non     Doth  it  pass  thy  comprehend 
ing? 

Faith,  the  law  of  sight  tran 
scending 
Leaps  to  things  not  under- 


Et  vinum  in  sanguinem. 


vides, 
Animosa  firmat  fides, 

Praeter  rerum  ordinem. 


stood. 


Sub  diversis  speciebus, 


Here  beneath  these  signs  are 

hidden 

Signis  tantum  et  non  rebus,      Priceless  things,  to  sense  for 
bidden. 
Signs,  not  things,  are  all  we 

see: 
Flesh  from  bread,  and  blood 

from  wine. 
Yet  is  Christ  in  either  sign, 


Latent  res  eximiae. 
Caro  cibus,  sanguis  potusi. 


Manet  tamen  Christus  totur 
Sub  utraque  specie. 


All  entire,  confessed  to  be. 


A  sumente  non  concisus,  They  too,  who  of  Him  partake 

Non  confractus,  non  divisus,      Sever  not,  nor  rend,  nor  break ; 

But,  entire,  their  Lord  re 
ceive. 

Whether  one  or  thousands  eat, 
All  receive  the  self -same  meat, 
Nor    the    less    for    others 
leave. 


Integer  accipitur. 

Sumit  unus,  sumunt  mille! 
Quantum  iste,  tantum  ille: 
Nee  sumptus  consumitur. 


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Sumunt  boni,  sumunt  mali:        Both  the  wicked  and  the  good 


Sorte  tamen  inaequali, 

Vitae,  vel  interitus. 
Mors  est  malis,  vita  bonis: 

Vide  paris  sumptionis 
Quam  sit  dispar  exitus. 

Fracto  demum  Sacramento, 
Ne  vacilles,  sed  memento, 

Tantum  esse  sub  fragmento, 
Quantum  toto  tegitur. 

Nulla  rei  fit  scissura, 
Signi  tantum  fit  fractura, 

Qua  nee  status,  nee  statura 
Signati  minuitur. 

Ecce  panis  angelorum, 
Factus  cibus  viatorum: 

Vere  panis  filiorum, 
Non  mittendus  canibus, 

In  figuris  praesignatur, 

Cum  Isaac  immolatur: 
Agnus  paschae  deputatur 
Datur  manna  patribus. 

Bono  pastor,  panis  vere, 
Jesu  nostri  miserere: 
Tu  nos  pasce,  nos  tuere: 

Tu  nos  bona  fac  videre 

In  terra  viventium. 
Tu,  qui  cuncta  scis  et  vales, 
Qui  nos  pascis  hie  mortales 


Eat  of  this  celestial  food; 

But  with  ends  how  opposite! 
Here  'tis  life;    and  there  'tis 

death; 
The  same,  yet  issuing  to  each 

In  a  difference  infinite. 

Nor  a  single  doubt  retain, 
When  they  break  the  Host  in 

twain, 

But  that  in  each  part  remains 
What  was  in  the  whole 

before; 

Since  the  simple  sign  alone 
Suffers   change   in   state   or 

form, 

The  signified  remaining  one 
And  the  same  for  evermore. 

Lo!    upon  the  altar  lies, 

Hidden  deep  from  human 
eyes, 

Bread  of  angels  from  the  skies, 
Made  the  food  of  mortal 
man: 

Children's  meat  to  dogs  de 
nied; 

In  old  types  resignified; 

In  the  manna  heaven-supplied 
Isaac,  and  the  paschal  lamb. 

Jesu!  Shepherd  of  the  sheep! 
Thou  Thy  flock  in  safety  keep. 
Living  bread!  Thy  life  sup- 

p!y; 

Strengthen  us,  or  else  we  die; 

Fill  us  with  celestial  grace: 

Thou,  Who  feedest  us  below! 

Source  of  all  we  have  or  know! 


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Tuos  ibi  commensales, 

Coheredes,  et  sodales, 
Fac  sanctorum  civium. 
\rnen. 


Grant  that  with  Thy  saints 

above, 

Sitting  at  the  feast  of  love, 
We  may  see  Thee  face  to 

face.     Amen. 


Mass  of  the  Sacred  Heart.    See  p.  331. 
.—  Motive  /Ifoass  of  t&e 

Ordinary  of  the  Mass. 


PROPER  PARTS. 


E  Lord  Jesus  Christ 
humbled  Himself  unto 
death,  even  the  death  of  the 
cross;  wherefore  God  also 
hath  exalted  Him,  and  hath 
given  Him  a  name  which  is 
above  every  name.  The  mer- 
cies  of  the  Lord  I  will  sing 
for  ever:  to  generation  and 
generation. 


INTROIT.  'pi  UMILIAVIT 
«-*-&  semetipsum 
Dominus  Jesus  Christus  us- 
que  ad  mortem,  mortem  au- 
tern  crucis;  propter  quod  et 
Deus  exaltavit  ilium,  et  dona- 
vit  illi  nomen,  quod  est  super 
omnenomen.  (Phil,  ii.)  Ps. 
Ixxxviii.  Misericordias  Do- 
mini  in  aeternum  cantabo: 
in  generationem  et  genera- 
tionem. 

COLL.  O  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  Who  didst  descend  from 
heaven,  from  the  bosom  of  the  Father,  and  didst  shed  Thy 
precious  blood  for  the  remission  of  our  sins,  we  humbly  be 
seech  Thee  that,  placed  at  Thy  right  hand  in  the  day  of  judg 
ment,  we  may  be  found  worthy  to  hear  these  words:  Come,  ye 
blessed.  Amen. 

LESS.  Zach.  xii.  10,  xiii.  6-7.  H  ac  dicit  Dom.  Efiundam.  — 
Thus  saith  the  Lord:  I  will  pour  out  upon  the  house  of 
David,  and  upon  the  inhabitants  of  Jerusalem,  the  spirit  of 
grace,  and  of  prayers:  and  they  shall  look  upon  Me,  Whom 
they  have  pierced:  and  they  shall  mourn  for  Him  as  one 
mourneth  for  an  only  son,  and  they  shall  grieve  over  Him  as 
the  manner  is  to  grieve  for  the  death  of  the  first-born.  In 
that  day  there  shall  be  a  great  lamentation  in  Jerusalem,  and 
it  shall  be  said:  What  are  these  wounds  in  the  midst  of  Thy 
hands?  And  He  shall  say:  With  these  I  was  wounded  in 
the  house  of  them  that  loved  Me.  Awake,  O  sword,  againsf 


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My  shepherd,  and  against  the  man  that  cleaveth  to  Me,  saith 
the  Lord  of  hosts:  strike  the  shepherd,  and  the  sheep  shall  be 
scattered,  saith  the  Lord  almighty. 


GRAB.  Ps.  Ixviii.  Impro- 
perium  expectavit  cor  meum 
et  miseriam:  et  sustinui,  qui 
simul  mecum  contristaretur, 
et  non  fuit:  consolantem 
me  quaesivi,  et  non  inveni. 
F.  Dederunt  in  escam  me- 
am  fel,  et  in  siti  mea  potave- 
runt  me  aceto.  Alleluia,  Alle 
luia.  V.  Ave  Rex  noster:  tu 
solus  nostros  es  miseratus 
errores:  Patri  obediens,  duc- 
tus  es  ad  crucifigendum/  ut 
agnus  mansuetus  ad  occi- 
sionem.  Alleluia. 


TRACT.  Is.  liii.  Vere  lan- 
guores  nostros  ipse  tulit,  et 
dolores  nostros  ipse  portavit. 
V.  Et  nos  putavimus  eum 
quasi  leprosum,  et  percus- 
sum  a  Deo  et  humiliatum. 
V.  Ipse  autem  vulneratus  est 
propter  iniquitates  nostras, 
attritus  est  propter  scelera 
nostra.  V.  Disciplina  pads 
nostrae  super  eum:  et  livore 
ejus  sanati  sumus. 


My  heart  hath  expected  re 
proach  and  misery:  and  I 
looked  for  one  that  would 
grieve  together  with  Me,  and 
there  was  none:  I  sought  one 
that  would  comfort  Me,  and  I 
found  none.  V.  They  gave 
Me  gall  for  My  food,  and  in 
My  thirst  they  gave  Me  vinegar 
to  drink.  Alleluia,  Alleluia. 
V.  Hail,  Thou,  our  King: 
Thou  alone  hast  had  compas 
sion  on  our  errors :  obedient  to 
the  Father,  Thou  wert  led 
to  be  crucified,  like  a  meek 
lamb  to  the  slaughter.  Alle 
luia. 

Surely  He  hath  borne  our 
infirmities,  and  carried  our 
sorrows.  V.  And  we  have 
thought  Him  as  it  were  a 
leper,  and  as  one  struck  by 
God  and  afflicted.  V.  But 
He  was  wounded  for  our 
iniquities,  He  was  bruised 
for  our  sins.  V.  The  chas 
tisement  of  our  peace  was 
upon  Him:  and  by  His 
bruises  we  are  healed. 


In  Paschal  time  instead  of  the  Gradual  is  said: 


Alleluia,  Alleluia.  V.  Ave 
Rex  noster:  tu  solus  nostros  es 
miseratus  errores:  Patri  obe 
diens,  ductus  es  ad  crucifigen- 
dum,  ut  agnus  mansuetus 
ad  occisionem.  Alleluia.  V. 


Alleluia,  Alleluia.  V.  Hail, 
Thou,  our  King:  Thou  alone 
hast  compassion  on  our  errors : 
obedient  to  the  Father,  Thou 
wert  led  to  be  crucified,  like 
a  meek  lamb  to  the  slaughter. 


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Tibi  gloria,  hosanna:  tibi  Alleluia.  V.  To  Thee  be 
triumphus  et  victoria:  tibi  glory,  hosanna:  to  Thee  be 
summae  laudis  et  honoris  triumph  and  victory :  to  Thee 
corona.  Alleluia.  a  crown  of  highest  praise 

and  honor.     Alleluia. 

GOSP.  John  xix.  28-35.  In  illo, — sclent  Jesus. — At  that 
time:  Jesus,  knowing  that  all  things  were  now  accomplished 
that  the  Scripture  might  be  fulfilled,  said:  I  thirst.  Now 
there  was  a  vessel  set  there  full  of  vinegar.  And  they  put 
ting  a  sponge  full  of  vinegar  about  hyssop,  put  it  to  His 
mouth.  Jesus  therefore  when  He  had  taken  the  vinegar, 
said:  It  is  consummated.  And  bowing  His  head,  He  gave 
up  the  ghost.  Then  the  Jews  (because  it  was  the  parasceve), 
that  the  bodies  might  not  remain  upon  the  cross  on  the  Sab 
bath-day  (for  that  was  a  great  Sabbath-day),  besought  Pilate 
that  their  legs  might  be  broken,  and  that  they  might  be  taken 
away.  The  soldiers,  therefore,  came:  and  they  broke  the 
legs  of  the  first,  and  of  the  other  that  was  crucified  with  him. 
But  after  they  were  come  to  Jesus,  when  they  saw  that  He 
was  already  dead,  they  did  not  break  His  legs.  But  one  of 
the  soldiers  with  a  spear  opened  His  side,  and  immediately 
there  came  out  blood  and  water.  And  he  that  saw  it  hath 
given  testimony,  and  his  testimony  is  true. 

OFF.     Insurrexerunt  in  me        Wicked      men      rose      up 

viri    iniqui:     absque    miseri-  against   Me:     without  mercy 

cordia  quaesierunt  me  inter-  they  sought  to  kill  Me:    and 

ficere:    et  non  pepercerunt  in  they  did  not  spare  to  spit  in 

faciem  meam  spuere:   lanceis  My  face:    they  wounded  Me 

suis  vulneraverunt  me,  et  con-  with  their  spears,  and  all  My 

cussa  sunt  omnia  ossa  mea.  bones  were  shaken. 

SEC.  May  the  sacrifice  offered  to  Thee,  O  Lord,  through 
the  Passion  of  Thy  only-begotten  Son  interceding  for  us, 
ever  enliven  and  defend  us. 

PREFACE.  Qui  salutem,  as  in  Ordinary. 

COMM.    Ps.  xxi.    Foderunt  They    have    pierced    My 

manus  meas  et  pedes  meos:  hands  and  My  feet;  they  have 

dinumeraverunt    omnia    ossa  numbered  all  My  bones, 
mea. 


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P.  COMM.  Domine  Jesu.  O  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  Son  of  the 
living  God,  Who  at  the  sixth  hour  didst  ascend  the  tree  of  the 
cross  for  the  redemption  of  the  world,  .and  didst  shed  Thy 
precious  blood  for  the  remission  of  our  sins;  we  humbly  be 
seech  Thee,  grant  that  after  our  death  we  may  joyfully  enter 
the  gates  of  paradise. 

Saturday.— IDottve  /Ifcaes  of  tbe  Ummaculate  Concep 
tion  of  tbc  JBlesseo  tDfrgfn  /Ifcarg. 

Ordinary  of  the  Mass. 

PROPER  PARTS. 

INTROIT.   /^(AUDENS  'T'   WILL    greatly     rejoice 

>^    gaudebo  in  «J-»       in  the   Lord,  and   my 

Domino,   et  exultabit  anima  soul   shall   be   joyful   in   my 

mea  in  Deo  meo:    quia  in-  God;  for  He  hath  clothed  me 

duit     me     vestimentis     salu-  with  the  garments  of  salva- 

tis;     et    indumento    justitiae  tion,   and    with    the   robe  of 

circumdedit   me,  quasi  spon-  justice  hath  He  covered  me, 

sam       ornatam       monilibus  as  a  bride  adorned  with  her 

suis.  (Is.  Ixi.)    Ps.  xxix.    Ex-  jewels.     I  will  exalt  Thee,  O 

altabo     te,     Domine,     quo-  Lord;    for  Thou  hast  upheld 

niam     suscepisti     me:     nee  me,  and  hath  not  made  my 

delectasti       inimicos      meos  enemies  to  rejoice  over  me. 
super  me. 

COLL.  Deus  qui.  O  God,  who,  by  the  Immaculate  Con 
ception  of  the  Virgin,  didst  prepare  a  worthy  habitation 
for  Thy  Son;  we  beseech  Thee  that,  as  by  the  foreseen 
death  of  this  Thy  Son,  Thou  didst  preserve  her  from  all 
stain  of  sin,  so  Thou  wouldst  enable  us,  being  made  pure 
by  her  intercession,  to  come  unto  Thee. 

LESS.  Prov.  viii.  22-35.  Dominus  possedit. — The  Lord 
possessed  me  in  the  beginning  of  His  ways,  before  He  made 
anything,  from  the  beginning.  I  was  set  up  from  eternity, 
and  of  old,  before  the  earth  was  made.  The  depths  were 
not  as  yet,  and  I  was  already  conceived;  neither  had  the 
fountains  of  waters  as  yet  sprung  out;  the  mountains  with 
their  huge  bulk  had  not  as  yet  been  established:  before  the 


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hills  I  was  brought  forth;  He  had  not  yet  made  the  earth, 
nor  the  rivers,  nor  the  poles  of  the  world.  When  He  pre 
pared  the  heavens,  I  was  present:  when,  with  a  certain  law 
and  compass,  He  enclosed  the  depths;  when  He  established 
the  sky  above,  and  poised  the  fountains  of  waters;  when  He 
compassed  the  sea  with  its  bounds,  and  set  a  law  to  the 
waters  that  they  should  not  pass  their  limits;  when  He  bal 
anced  the  foundations  of  the  earth;  I  was  with  Him,  form 
ing  all  things,  and  was  delighted  every  day,  playing  before 
Him  at  all  times,  playing  in  the  world:  and  my  delights 
were  to  be  with  the  children  of  men.  Now,  therefore,  ye 
children,  hear  me:  blessed  are  they  that  keep  my  ways. 
Hear  instruction,  and  be  wise,  and  refuse  it  not.  Blessed 
is  the  man  that  heareth  me,  and  that  watcheth  daily  at  my 
gates,  and  waiteth  at  the  posts  of  my  doors.  He  that  shall 
find  me  shall  find  life,  and  shall  have  salvation  from  the 
Lord. 


GRAD.  Benedicta  es  tu 
Virgo  Maria  a  Domino  Deo 
excelso  prae  omnibus  mulieri- 
bus  super  terram.  V.  Tu 
gloria  Jerusalem  tu  laetitia 
Israel,  tu  honorificentia  popu- 
li  nostri.  Alleluia,  Alleluia. 
V.  Tota  pulchra  es,  Maria, 
et  macula  originalis  non  est 
in  te.  Alleluia. 


O  Virgin  Mary,  blessed  art 
thou  of  the  Lord  most  high, 
above  all  the  women  of  the 
earth.  I7.  Thou  art  the  glory 
of  Jerusalem,  thou  art  the 
joy  of  Israel,  thou  art  the 
honor  of  our  people.  Alle 
luia,  Alleluia.  V.  Thou  art 
all  fair,  O  Mary,  and  the 
original  stain  of  sin  is  not  in 
thee.  Alleluia. 


After  Septuagesima  the  Alleluia  and  V.  are  omitted,  and  the 
following  is  said  : 


TRACT.  Fundamenta  ejus 
in  montibus  sanctis:  diligit 
Dominus  portas  Sion  super 
omnia  tabernacula  Jacob.  V. 
Gloriosa  dicta  sunt  de  te, 
Civitas  Dei.  V.  Homo  natus 
est  in  ea,  et  ipse  fundavit  earn 
Altissimns. 


Her  foundations  are  on  the 
holy  mountains:  the  Lord 
loveth  the  gates  of  Sion  more 
than  all  the  dwellings  of  Jacob. 
V.  Glorious  things  are  said  of 
thee,  thou  City  of  God.  V. 
A  man  shall  be  born  in  her. 
and  the  Most  High  Himself 
hath  established  her. 


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In  Paschal  time,  instead  oj  the  Gradual  the  following  is  said: 

Alleluia.    Alleluia.    F.    Tu        Alleluia.     Alleluia.      Thou 

gloria    Jerusalem,   tu   laetitia  art   the   glory  of    Jerusalem, 

Israel,  tu    honorificentia    po-  thou   art   the   joy   of   Israel, 

puH    nostri.       Alleluia.       V.  thou   art   the    honor  of  our 

Tota   pulchra   es,   Maria,    et  people.       Alleluia.     Alleluia, 

macula  originalis  non  est  in  Thou  art  all  fair,  O  Mary, 

te.     Alleluia  and  the  original  stain  of  sin 

is  not  in  thee.     Alleluia. 

GOSP.  Luke  i.  26-28.  In  illo  tern  pore  missus  est  angelus 
—At  that  time,  the  angel  Gabriel  was  sent  from  God  into  a  city 
of  Galilee,  called  Nazareth,  to  a  virgin  espoused  to  a  man 
whose  name  was  Joseph,  of  the  house  of  David;  and  the  vir 
gin's  name  was  Man7.  And  the  angel  being  come  in,  said 
unto  her:  Hail,  full  of  grace,  the  Lord  is  with  thee;  blessed 
art  thou  among  women. 

OFF.  Ave  Maria,  gratia  Hail,  Mary,  full  of  grace; 

plena;  Dominus  tecum:  be-  the  Lord  is  with  thee :  blessed 

nedicta  tu  in  mulieribus.  art  thou  among  women. 

Alleluia.  Alleluia. 

SEC.  Receive,  O  Lord,  the  saving  Host  which  we  offer  to 
Thee  in  the  solemnity  of  the  Immaculate  Conception  of  the 
Blessed  Virgin  Mary;  and  grant  that  as  we  profit  by  that  pre 
venting  grace  which  freed  her  from  all  stain  of  sin,  so  by  her 
intercession  we  may  be  delivered  from  all  our  sins. 

PREFACE.     Et  te  in  Conceptione  Immaculata.     Ordinary. 

COMM.  Gloriosa  dicta  sunt  Glorious  things  are  said  of 
de  te,  Maria,  quia  fecit  tibi  thee,  O  Mary;  for  He  that  is 
magna  qui  potens  est.  mighty  hath  done  for  thee 

great  things. 

P.-CoMM.  Sacramenta.  May  the  sacraments  we  have  re 
ceived,  O  Lord  our  God,  repair  in  us  the  wounds  of  that 
sin,  from  which  thou  didst  singularly  preserve  the  Im 
maculate  Conception  of  blessed  Mary. 


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of  tbe  Seven  Dolors  of  tbe  JSlesseo  Dirgin 


;For  Passion  Week  and  for  Days  of  Special  Devotion  to  Our 
Lady  of  Sorrows.) 

Ordinary  of  the  Mass. 

PROPER  PARTS. 

INTROIT.  £V  TAB  ANT  JJ'  HE  RE  stood  by  the  cross 

^^     juxta  cru-  **-J     of  Jesus,  His  Mother, 

cem  Jesu,  mater  ejus,  et  soror  and  His  Mother's  sister,  Mary 

matris  ejus  Maria  Cleophae,  of  Cleophas,  and  Salome,  and 

et    Salome,    et   Maria   Mag-  Mary     Magdalen.     Woman, 

dalene  (John  xix.j.     V.  Mu-  behold  thy   son,   said  Jesus; 

Her,    ecce    filius    tuus,    dixit  and  to  the   disciple,   Behold 

Jesus;   ad  disci  pulum  autem,  thy  Mother. 
Ecce  mater  tua. 

COLL.  Deus  in  cujus.  O  God,  at  Whose  Passion,  accord 
ing  to  the  prophecy  of  Simeon,  a  sword  of  sorrow  did  pierce 
through  the  most  sweet  soul  of  the  glorious  Virgin  anc 
Mother  Mary;  mercifully  grant,  that  we,  who  devoutly  cele 
brate  her  transfixion  and  suffering,  may,  through  the  media 
tion  of  the  glorious  merits  and  prayers  of  all  the  saints  who 
faithfully  stand  beneath  Thy  cross,  obtain  the  blessed  fruit  of 
Thy  Passion. 

LESSON.  Judith  xiii.  22-25.  The  Lord  hath  blessed  thee 
by  His  power,  because  by  thee  He  hath  brought  our  enemies 
to  naught.  Blessed  art  thou,  O  daughter,  by  the  Lord,  the 
most  high  God,  above  all  women  upon  the  earth.  Blessed 
be  the  Lord  Who  made  heaven  and  earth:  because  He  hath 
so  magnified  thy  name  this  day,  that  thy  praise  shall  not 
depart  out  of  the  mouth  of  men,  who  shall  be  mindful  of  the 
power  of  the  Lord  for  ever;  for  that  thou  hast  not  spared  thy 
life,  by  reason  of  the  distress  and  tribulation  of  thy  people, 
but  hast  prevented  our  ruin  in  the  presence  of  our  God. 

GRAD.    Dolorosa  et  lacry-        Sorrowful  and  sad  art  thou. 

mabilis  es  virgo  Maria,  stans  O  Virgin  Mary,  standing  by 

juxta    cru  cem    Domini    Jesu  the  cross  of  the  Lord  Jesus, 

Filii  tui  Redemptoris.  thy  Son,  Our  Redeemer. 


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TRACT.  Stabat  sancta 
Maria,  coeli  Regina,  et  mundi 
domina,  juxta  crucem  Do 
mini  nostri  Jesu  Christi  do- 
lorosa.  V.  Lam.  i.  O  vos 
omnes,  qui  transitis  per  viam, 
attendite  et  videte  si  est  dolor, 
sicut  dolor  meus. 


Holy  Mary,  the  Queen  of 
heaven,  and  Mistress  of  the 
world,  stood  by  the  cross 
of  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ, 
full  of  sadness.  V.  O  all 
you  that  pass  by  the  way, 
attend  and  see  if  there  be 
sorrow  like  to  my  sorrow. 


SEQUENCE. 


^TABAT  Mater  dolorosa, 
Juxta  crucem  lacrymosa, 

Dum  pendebat  Filius. 
Cujus  animam  gementem, 

Contristatam,  et  dolentem, 
Pertransivit  gladius. 


O  quam  tristis  et  afflicta 

Fuit  ilia  benedicta 
Mater  Unigeniti! 
Quae  mcerebat,  et  dolebat, 
Pia  Mater  dum  videbat 

Nati  pcenas  inclyti. 

Quis  est  homo,  qui  non  fleret 

Matrem  Christi  si  videret 
In  tanto  supplicio  ? 

Quis  non  posset  contristari, 
Christi  Matrem  contemplari 
Dolentem  cum  Filio? 


JET 


*T  the  cross  her  station 

keeping, 
Stood  the   mournful  Mother 

weeping, 

Close  to  Jesus  to  the  last: 
Through  her  heart,  His  sor 
row  sharing, 

All  His  bitter  anguish  bearing, 
Now  at  length  the  sword 
had  passed. 

Oh,  how  sad  and  sore  dis 
tressed 
Was  that  Mother  highly  blest 

Of  the  sole-begotten  One! 
Christ  above  in  torment  hangs, 
She     beneath     beholds     the 

pangs 
Of  her  dying,  glorious  Son. 

Is  there  one  who  would  not 

weep 

Whelmed  in  miseries  so  deep 
Christ's    dear    Mother    to 

behold? 

Can  the  human  heart  refrain 
From  partaking  in  her  pain, 
In  that  Mother's  pain  un 
told? 


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Pro  peccatis  suae  gentis, 


Vidit  Jesum  in  tormentis, 
Et  flagellis  subditum. 

Vidit  suum  dulcem  natum 
Moriendo,  desolatum, 
Dum  emisit  spirit um. 

Eia  Mater,  fons  amoris, 


Bruised,  derided,  cursed,  de 
filed, 

She  beheld  her  tender  Child, 
All   with   bloody   scourges 

rent: 

For  the  sins  of  His  own  nation 

Saw  Him  hang  in  desolation, 

Till  His  spirit  forth  He  sent. 


O    thou    Mother !    fount   of 

love, 

Touch  my  spirit  from  above. 
Make  my  heart  with  thine 

accord: 
Make  me  feel  as  thou  hast 

felt: 

In  amando  Christum  Deum,      Make  my  soul  to  glow  and 

melt 


Me  sentire  vim  doloris. 
Fac,  ut  tecum  lugeam 

Fac  ut  ardeat  cor  meum 


Ut  sibi  complaceam. 

Sancta  Mater  istud  agas, 
Crucifixi  fige  plagas 

Cordi  meo  valide. 
Tui  Nati  vulnerati, 

Tarn  dignati  pro  me  pati 
Pcenas  mecum  divide. 

Fac  me  tecum  pie  fiere, 
Crucifixo  condolere, 

Donee  ego  vixero. 
Juxta  crucem  tecum  stare, 

Et  me  tibi  sociare, 
In  planctu  desidero. 


With  the  love  of  Christ,  my 
Lord. 

Holy     Mother  !     pierce     me 

through. 
In    my    heart    each    wound 

renew 

Of  my  Saviour  crucified: 
Let  me  share  with  thee  Hi. 

pain, 

Who  for  all  my  sins  was  slain, 
Who   for  me   in   torments 

died. 

Let  me  mingle  tears  with  thee. 
Mourning  Him  Who  mourned 

for  me, 

All  the  days  that  I  may  live. 
By    the    cross   with    thee   to 

stay. 
There  with  thee  to  weep  and 

pray, 
Is  all  I  ask  of  thee  to  give 


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Virgo  virginum  proeclara, 
Mihi  jam  non  sis  amara, 
Fac  me  tecum  plangere. 

Fac  ut  portem  Christi  mortem, 
-Passionis  fac  consortem, 
Et  plagas  recolere. 

Fac  me  plagis  vulnerari, 
Fac  me  cruce  inebriari, 

Et  cruore  Filii. 
Flammis  ne  urar  succensus 
Per  te,  Virgo,  sim  defensus 

In  die  judicii. 

Christe,  cum  sit  hinc  exire, 

Da  per  Matrem  me  venire 

Ad  palmam  victorias. 
Quando  corpus  morietur, 
Fac  ut  animae  donetur 


Paradisi  gloria. 


Amen. 


Virgin  of  all  virgins  best! 
Listen  to  my  fond  request: 

Let    me    share    thy    grief 

divine ; 

Let  me,  to  my  latest  breath, 
In  my  body  bear  the  death 

Of  that  dying  Son  of  thine. 

Wounded     with     His     every 

wound, 
Steep  my   soul    till    it    hath 

swooned 

In  His  very  blood  away; 
Be  to  me,  O  Virgin,  nigh, 
Lest  in  flames  I  burn  and  die, 
In  His  awful  judgment-day. 

Christ,  when  Thou  shalt  call 

me  hence, 

Be  Thy  Mother  my  defence, 
Be  Thy  cross  my  victory; 
While  my  body  here  decays, 
May  my  soul  Thy  goodness 

praise, 

Safe  in  paradise  with  thee. 
Amen. 


GOSPEL.  John  xix.  25,  27.  At  that  time:  There  stood  by 
the  cross  of  Jesus,  His  Mother  and  His  Mother's  sister,  Mary 
of  Cleophas,  and  Mary  Magdalen.  When  Jesus  therefore 
had  seen  His  Mother  and  the  disciple  standing,  whom  He 
loved,  He  saith  to  His  Mother:  Woman,  behold  thy  son; 
af ter  that,  He  saith  to  the  disciple:  Behold  thy  Mother.  And 
from  that  hour  the  disciple  took  her  to  his  own. 


OFF.  Recordare  virgo  Ma 
ter  Dei,  dum  steteris  in  con- 
spectu  Domini,  ut  loquaris 


Be  mindful,  O  Virgin 
Mother  of  God,  when  thou 
standest  in  the  sight  of  the 


pro  nobis  bona,  et  ut  avertas     Lord,   to  speak   good  things 
indignationem  suam  a  nobis.     for  us,  and  to  turn  away  His 

anger  from  us. 


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SEC.  We  offer  to  Thee  prayers  and  sacrifices,  O  Lord 
Jesus  Christ,  humbly  beseeching  Thee,  that  we  who  cele 
brate  in  our  prayers  the  transfixion  of  the  most  sweet  soul  of 
blessed  Mary  Thy  Mother,  by  the  multiplied  and  most  loving 
intercession  of  her  and  her  holy  companions  under  the  cross, 
may  have  our  reward  with  the  blessed,  through  the  merits  ot 
Thy  death. 

II.  OF  PER.  Grant  that  we  may,  O  merciful  God,  ever 
deserve  to  minister  worthily  at  Thy  altars;  and  to  be  saved 
by  a  constant  participation  thereof. 

PREFACE  oj  B.  V.  M.  Et  te  in  transfixione,  Ordinary. 

COMM.  Felices  sensus  be-  Happy  senses  of  the  blessed 
atae  Mariae  virginis,  qui  sine  Virgin  Mary,  which,  without 
morte  meruerunt  martyrii  pal-  dying,  deserved  the  palm  of 
mam  sub  cruce  Domini.  martyrdom  beneath  the  cross 

of  Our  Lord. 

P.  COMM.  Sacrificia.  O  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  may  the  sacri 
fices  of  which  we  have  partaken,  in 'the  devout  celebration  of 
the  transfixion  of  Thy  Virgin  Mother,  obtain  for  us  of  Thy 
clemency  every  salutary  blessing. 

Spiritual  Communion  at  |Has8« 

PIRITUAL  communion,  a  practice  earnestly  recom- 
mended  at  every  visit  to  the  Blessed  Sacrament, 
consists,  according  to  St.  Thomas,  in  an  ardent  desire  of 
receiving  Jesus  Christ,  and  in  welcoming  Him  with 
loving  embrace,  as  though  we  received  Him  sacra- 
mentally.  This  exercise,  devoutly  practised,  has  an 
especial  efficacy  for  inflaming  us  more  and  more  with 
the  fire  of  divine  love  and  uniting  us  ever  more  closely 
with  Christ  our  Lord. 

The  fittest  time  for  making  spiritual  communion  is 
during  the  holy  Mass,  and  when  we  visit  Our  Lord  Jesus 
in  the  Blessed  Sacrament.  "Whenever  you  hear  Mass," 
says  St.  Teresa,  "endeavor  also  to  make  a  spiritual 
communion,  and  from  this  you  will  gain  the  greatest 


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spiritual  profit."  The  faithful  who  assist  at  the  holy 
sacrifice  offer,  along  with  the  priest,  before  the  throne 
of  grace,  not  only  prayers  and  praises,  but  the  sacred 
Victim  also;  and  holy  Church  desires  that  all  the  faith 
ful  assisting  at  the  sacrifice  should  partake  together 
with  the  priest  of  the  most  holy  body  of  Jesus  Christ. 
We  find  the  holy  Fathers  most  bitterly  regretting  the 
time  when,  the  piety  of  Christians  waxing  cold,  they 
began  to  give  up  the  saintly  custom  of  communicating 
daily  at  the  Mass.  The  prayers  recited  by  the  priest  in 
preparation  and.  thanksgiving  after  holy  communion 
are  equally  adapted  to  the  use  of  the  faithful  assisting 
at  Mass.  These  and  similar  reasons  show  most  clearly 
that  if  the  faithful  who  are  present  at  Mass  can  not 
communicate  sacramentally,  they  ought  at  least  to 
endeavor  to  communicate  spiritually,  that  is,  in  heart 
and  will. 

Christians  should  also  make  a  spiritual  communion 
when  they  visit  the  Most  Holy  Sacrament.  The  prin 
cipal  motive  for  which  Jesus  vouchsafes  to  remain 
amongst  us  in  the  Blessed  Sacrament  is  to  communicate 
Himself  to  our  souls.  So  great  a  condescension  on  the 
part  of  Our  Lord  requires  our  cooperation.  But  how 
can  we  respond  to  such  an  admirable  invention  of  love, 
except  by  an  ardent  longing  to  be  united  to  Him,  and 
to  receive  Him  into  our  heart  at  least  when  we  find  our 
selves  in  His  sacred  presence? 

In  order,  then,  that  you,  O  devout  soul,  may  be  well 
disposed  for  this  holy  exercise,  begin  by  making  an  act 
of  sincere  contrition  for  all  your  sins,  thus,  as  it  were,  to 
remove  the  dust  from  that  chamber  into  which  you  desire 
your  Lord  to  enter.  Having  done  this,  next  excite 
yourself  to  a  lively  faith  in  the  presence  of  Jesus  Christ 
in  this  Divine  Sacrament. 

Consider  briefly  the  majesty  and  grandeur  of  that  God 
Whom  you  behold  hidden  beneath  the  eucharistic  veil; 
ponder  on  the  strength  of  that  love  and  that  infinite 


308      Mass  Devotions  for  Each  Day  in  the  Week. 

goodness  which  leads  Him  to  desire  earnestly  to  be 
united  with  so  unworthy  a  creature;  break  forth  into 
accents  of  humility  and  longing  desire;  of  humility 
when  you  look  upon  your  own  unworthiness ;  of  desire 
when  Vou  behold  the  infinite  bounty  of  your  Lord. 
Seeing,  then,  that  you  can  not  now  unite  yourself  to  Him 
really  by  sacramental  communion,  join  yourself  to  Him 
at  least  in  heart  and  affection,  and  say  to  Him  in  words 
of  burning  love:  "Come,  my  dearest  Jesus,  come  into 
this  poor  heart  of  mine;  come  and  satiate  my  desires,  come 
and  sanctify  my  soul ;  come,  my  sweetest  Jesus,  come  to 
my  bosom;  come  and  remain  with  me  always." 

Imagine,  then,  that  Mary,  our  most  holy  Mother,  or 
some  other  of  your  patron  saints  or  your  good  angels, 
presents  to  you  the  sacred  particle;  receive  Him  from 
their  hands,  clasp  Him  to  your  bosom,  press  Him  to 
your  heart;  after  which,  breaking  forth  in  accents  of 
thanksgiving,  praise,  and  adoration,  as  also  of  reparation, 
beseech  Him  to  bestow  upon  you  those  graces  of  which 
you  find  yourself  most  in  need;  ask  Him  that  you  may 
always  do  His  holy  will  and  become  a  saint. 

You  will  thus,  besides  the  present  advantage  which 
you  draw  from  the  spiritual  communion,  be  most  hap 
pily  disposed  to  receive  with  increased  devotion  the 
real  body  of  your  adorable  Redeemer,  when  you  ap 
proach  the  eucharistic  table.  For,  as  wood  which  is 
kept  warm  and  near  the  fire  is  the  better  prepared  for 
burning,  so  a  heart  which  is  constantly  kept  warm  with 
love  towards  Jesus  in  the  Blessed  Sacrament  is  easily 
caught  by  the  sacred  flame  of  love  when  it  approaches 
to  that  furnace  of  charity,  ever  burning  in  these  divine 
mysteries. 

JEjample. 

WHAT  THE  SAINTS  THOUGHT  OF   SPIRITUAL   COMMUNION. 

HE  Council  of  Trent  recommends  spiritual  communion  to 
the  faithful,  and  St.  Thomas  says  they  are  considered 


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to  be  communicated  spiritually,  and  not  sacramentally,  who 
desire  to  receive  this  Sacrament;  so  that,  as  Scaramelli  says, 
they  do  not  only  receive  Jesus  spiritually,  but  this  very  Sac 
rament  spiritually.  St.  Alphonsus,  in  his  sweet  little  treatise 
on  visiting  the  Blessed  Sacrament,  says  that  Our  Lord  showed 
to  Sister  Paula  Maresca  two  precious  vessels,  one  of  gold  and 
the  other  of  silver,  in  the  former  of  which  He  preserved  her 
sacramental  communions,  and  in  the  latter  her  spiritual  com 
munions.  Joanna  of  the  Cross  affirmed  that  she  was  often 
visited  in  spiritual  communion  with  the  same  graces  she 
received  in  sacramental,  and,  with  a  sigh,  she  exclaimed: 
"O  rare  method  of  communicating,  where  neither  leave  of  con 
fessor  nor  of  superior  is  needed,  but  only  Thine,  O  my  God!  " 
The  blessed  Agatha  of  the  Cross  so  pined  with  love  of  the 
Blessed  Sacrament  that  it  is  said  that  she  would  have  died 
if  her  confessor  had  not  taught  her  the  practice  of  spiritual 
communion,  and  then  she  used  to  make  two  hundred  spiritual 
communions  every  day.  Surin  and  Scaramelli  both  assert 
that  some  souls  receive  sometimes  greater  graces  in  a  spiritual 
than  in  a  sacramental  communion;  this  is,  of  course,  rare, 
and  when  it  happens  it  is  not  through  defect  of  the  Sacrament, 
but  defect  of  fervor  in  themselves. 

St.  Teresa,  addressing  her  spiritual  children,  says:  "When 
ever,  my  daughters,  you  hear  Mass  and  do  not  communicate, 
you  can  make  a  spiritual  communion,  which  is  a  practice  of 
exceeding  profit,  and  you  can  immediately  afterwards  recol 
lect  yourselves,  just  as  I  advised  you  when  you  communicate 
sacramentally;  for  great  is  the  love  of  Our  Lord  which  is  in 
this  way  infused  into  the  soul.  For  when  we  prepare  our 
selves  to  receive  Him,  He  never  fails  to  give  Himself  to  us 
in  many  modes  which  we  comprehend  not." 

We  read  in  the  life  of  St.  Mary  Magdalen  of  Pazzi  that  it 
was  the  custom  in  her  monastery  that  when  daily  communion 
was  hindered  by  the  illness  of  the  priest  or  any  other  cause, 
the  nuns  should  communicate  spiritually.  The  usual  signal 
for  communion  was  given  in  the  morning,  and  all  being 
assembled,  they  prayed  for  half  an  hour,  and  then  made  a 
spiritual  communion.  It  was  on  one  of  these  days  that  the 
saint  was  communicated  by  St.  Albert  the  Carmelite,  saying 
the  "Confiteor"  and  the  "Domine,  non  sum  dignus,"  and 
doing  all  that  she  was  accustomed  to  do  when  receiving  com- 


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m  union:  and  she  afterwards  declared  that  she  had  seer  the 
same  saint  with  the  pyx  in  his  hand,  going  to  communicate 
the  other  nuns.  Her  enlarged  charity  ardently  desired  that 
others  also,  and  especially  those  of  her  own  monastery,  should 
have  a  great  hunger  for  that  Most  Holy  Sacrament. 

It  is  said  of  St.  Angela  Merioi  that  when  she  was  forbidden 
daily  communion,  she  supplied  it  by  fervent  spiritual  com 
munions  in  the  Mass,  and  often  felt  her  heart  as  completely 
inundated  by  grace  as  if  she  had  made  a  sacramental  com 
munion,  and  she  left  as  one  of  her  legacies  to  her  Order  an 
earnest  recommendation  of  this  devotion. 

Father  Squillante,  of  the  Naples  Oratory,  in  the  life  erf 
Sister  Mary  of  Santiago,  of  the  Third  Order  of  St.  Dominic, 
which  rivals  Carmel  as  a  mystical  garden  of  delights  to  the 
heavenly  Spouse,  tells  us  that  her  love  of  the  Blessed  Sac 
rament  was  such  that  she  had  at  last  come  to  make  a  spiritual 
communion  at  almost  every  breath  she  drew,  so  that  in  her 
were  fulfilled  the  words  of  Jeremias  that  in  the  desire  of  her 
heart  she  snuffed  up  the  wind  of  her  love,  and  that  none 
turned  her  away. 

Nothing  can  show  the  power  of  spiritual  communion  with 
Jesus  more  wonderfully  than  the  innumerable  times  in 
which  the  desire  of  communion  has  enabled  the  soul  to 
receive  the  real  communion  by  some  stupendous  miracle, 
as  is  related  of  St.  Catharine  of  Sienna  and  other  saints,  and 
eminently  in  the  case  of  St.  Juliana  of  Falconieri,  commu 
nicated  through  her  breast  without  manducation;  that  is, 
her  communion  was  real,  without  being  either  spiritual  or> 
strictly  speaking,  sacramental,  as  theologians  make  man 
ducation  necessary  to  sacramental  communion. — (Fr.  Faber.) 


H  /IDetboo  of  IbearinQ  flDass  for  IReligious.* 

AN  OFFERING   OF   THE   MASS. 

6TERNAL  Father,  I  offer  Thee  this  most  holy  and 
sublime  sacrifice  of  the  Mass,  in  union  with  Jesus 
Christ,  Thy  beloved  Son,  Who  is  both  Priest  and  Vic- 

*  Adapted  exclusively  for  Religious. 


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tim;  in  union  with  all  the  merits  of  His  Passion;  in 
union  with  His  blessed  Mother  Mary,  that  my  soul 
may  be  animated  with  the  sentiments  of  her  immaculate 
heart,  when  she  stood  at  the  foot  of  the  cross;  in  union 
with  the  Church  triumphant  in  heaven,  militant  on 
earth,  and  suffering  in  purgatory:  i.  In  honor  of  Thy 
supreme  majesty;  2.  In  thanksgiving  for  all  Thy 
graces  and  blessings,  especially  for  the  favor  of  having 
called  me  to  the  religious  life;  3.  In  satisfaction  for  my 
own  sins,  and  in  reparation  for  all  the  offences  ever 
committed  against  Thee;  4.  To  obtain  of  Thy  good 
ness  and  mercy  all  the  graces  necessary  for  my  eternal 
salvation. 

I  rejoice  exceedingly  that  by  means  of  this  august 
sacrifice  Thou  shalt  receive  a  worthy  tribute  of  adora 
tion,  thanksgiving,  reparation,  and  prayer.  And  as,  in 
this  sacrifice,  the  great  mystery  of  the  cross  is  renewed 
for  Thy  glory  and  my  sanctification,  deign,  O  Lord,  to 
apply  its  merits  to  my  soul.  Holy  Spirit!  sanctify  me, 
pnrify  my  mind  and  inflame  my  heart  with  divine  charity, 
so  that  I  may  live  holily  and  die  happily  as  a  true  Re 
ligious. 

AT   THE   INTROIBO. 

Introibo  ad  altare  Dei;  Ad  Deum,  qui  l&tificat  juven- 
iutem  meam. 

*T*  AM  already  admitted  into  the  house  of  the  Lord: 
^~*  the  religious  state  is  that  house:  God,  by  a  love 
of  predilection,  has  called  me  to  it.  I  dwell  in  it.  Ah! 
if  I  but  knew  my  happiness!  And,  O  my  God!  what 
will  it  avail  me  to  be  a  Religious,  if  I  be  not  a  holy  Re 
ligious?  Make  me  worthy,  O  my  God!  of  being  ad 
mitted  into  Thy  eternal  tabernacles,  that  I  may  bless 
Thee  and  glorify  Thee  for  evermore  with  the  angels 
and  saints. 


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AT   THE   COXFITEOR   AND   KYRIE   ELEISON. 


Father,  look  at  the  face  of  Thy  Christ 
(Ps.  Ixxxiii.  10)  ;  look  at  the  wounds  of  Thy  Son, 
which  cry  to  Thee  for  pity.  Have  mercy  upon  me;  for 
their  sake  pardon  me  the  outrages  that  I  have  com 
mitted  against  Thee!  I  do  not  deserve  to  be  called  a 
Religious.  I  am  a  sinner,  a  great  sinner,  but  I  am 
sorry  for  all  my  offences.  Thou  art  good,  O  my  God," 
and  Thy  mercy  is  above  all  Thy  works. 

O  God,  most  worthy  of  love,  and  true  lover  of  my 
soul,  for  the  love  of  this,  Thy  Son,  so  beloved  by  Thee, 
have  mercy  on  me.  I  ask  Thee  to  give  me  but  Thy 
love  and  Thy  grace.  Help  me  to  do  Thy  holy  will. 
Draw  me  wholly  to  Thyself.  Burn  up,  O  Thou  con 
suming  fire,  all  that  Thou  seest  impure  in  my  sou!,  and 
that  hinders  me  from  belonging  to  Thee  alone. 

AT   THE    GLORIA. 

Gloria  in  excelsis  Deo.     Ad  majorem  Dei  gloriam. 

ORY  be  to  God!  Yes,  O  my  'God'.  I  desire  to 
glorify  Thee  by  the  purest  intentions  in  all  my 
actions.  Oh!  that  I  could  make  Thee  known  to  every 
creature  and  loved  by  every  heart.  I  shall  endeavor 
especially  to  make  Thee  loved  by  the  Religious  with 
whom  I  have  the  happiness  of  living,  by  zealously  pray 
ing  for  them,  by  ever  giving  them  a  good  example  in 
obedience  and  detachment,  and  by  showing  in  my  con 
versation  great  meekness,  humility,  and  charity.  I 
praise  Thee,  I  thank  Thee,  I  bless  Thee,  I  adore  Thee. 
I  love  Thee,  O  my  God,  for  Thou  art  good  and  worthy 
of  all  love.  "What  shall  I  render  to  the  Lord  for  all 
the  things  that  He  hath  rendered  to  me?  I  will  take 
the  chalice  of  salvation.  I  will  pay  my  vows  to  the  Lord 
before  all  His  people.  Precious  in  the  sight  of  the  Lord 
is  the  death  of  His  saint5  "  (Ps.  cxv.  3,  4,  $.) 


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AT   THE   COLLECTS. 

Or  emus. 

IMPLORE  of  Thee,  O  Lord,  all  that  Thy  minister 
prays  for;  I  beseech  Thee  to  bless  our  holy  Father, 
the  Pope,  our  bishops,  our  priests,  our  Community,  all 
Religious,  that  they  may  do  Thy  will  and  glorify  Thee; 
convert  all  sinners  and  heretics;  pity  those  who  are  in 
their  last  agony,  and  have  mercy  on  the  holy  souls  in 
purgatory.  Bless  all  my  relatives  and  benefactors, 
and  all  those  for  whom  I  have  promised  to  pray.  Grant 
me  the  grace  to  become  a  holy  Religious.  I  offer  all 
these  prayers  to  Thee,  eternal  Father,  through  Our 
Lord  Jesus  Christ.  Amen. 


AT   THE    EPISTLE. 


I  AM  much  in  need  of  being  instructed.  If  I  thor 
oughly  knew  my  God,  the  obligations  of  my  state, 
the  grandeur  and  the  holiness  of  the  religious  life,  how 
could  I  sin,  how  could  I  ever  be  lukewarm?  The  saints 
in  heaven  can  not  offend  God.  They  know  Him  per 
fectly.  Instruct  me,  then,  O  my  Lord!  Grant  that  I 
may  know  Thee  in  order  that  I  may  love  Thee.  Let 
me  know  and  realize  how  amiable  Thou  art,  because 
of  Thy  infinite  perfections  and  Thy  innumerable  bene 
fits;  and  how  ungrateful  I  have  been  in  not  loving  Thee 
better,  after  having  chosen  Thee  for  my  portion,  in 
embracing  the  religious  life.  Honor,  wealth,  pleasure, 
the  goods  of  this  earth — what  are  they,  in  view  of  death, 
and  in  view  of  the  everlasting  joys  and  rewards  of  heaven  ? 
But  I  love  Thee,  O  my  God,  for  Thy  own  sake  alone: 

"  Not  with  the  hope  of  gaining  aught, 
Not  seeking  a  reward; 
But,  as  Thyself  hast  loved  me 
O  ever-loving  Lord." 


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With  St.  Francis  of  Assisi,  I  pray:  "May  I  die  tc 
myself,  O  Lord,  for  love  of  Thee,  Who  hast  vouchsafed 
to  die  for  love  of  me! " 


AT  THE   GOSPEL. 

OMY  Jesus!  Thou  art  my  Master,  Thou  art  the 
sovereign  truth,  Thou  art  the  true  light  that  has 
come  down  from  heaven  to  enlighten  those  who  sit  in 
darkness.  Speak:  I  am  Thy  servant,  and  I  listen  for 
the  purpose  of  knowing  and  obeying  Thy  will.  What 
wilt  Thou  have  me  to  do  ?  I  am  ready  to  do  all  things. 
But,  alas!  I  know  what  I  have  to  do.  Thou  com- 
mandest  me  to  renounce  my  will,  to  carry  my  cross 
every  day  of  my  life,  to  follow  Thee  by  endeavoring  to 
imitate  Thee.  Thou  requirest  me  to  love  Thee,  and  to 
love  my  neighbor  as  myself  for  the  love  of  Thee.  Thou 
wishes!  me  to  testify  my  love  to  Thee,  in  combating  my 
inclinations,  in  observing  Thy  holy  commandments 
with  fidelity,  and  in  fulfilling  the  counsels  of  Thy  Gos 
pel.  How  can  I  hesitate?  I  hive  already  promised 
it,  I  have  bound  myself  to  it.  I  renew  my  vows.  Alas! 
I  regret  that  I  have  not  been  faithful  to  them!  With 
the  powerful  aid  of  Thy  grace,  J  shall  be  faithful,  most 
faithful,  to  the  Holy  Rule. 

AT   THE   CREDO. 

I  BELIEVE  in  Thee,  O  my  God!  I  believe  all  Thou 
hast  taught  by  Thy  holy  Church,  because  Thou 
hast  promised  to  preserve  it  from  all  error.  I  believe 
in  it  most  firmly,  because  Thou  art  Truth  itself,  Who 
neither  canst  deceive  nor  be  deceived.  Gladly  would 
I  shed  my  blood  for  this  faith! 

I  believe  in  Thee,  O  adorable  Trinity,  Father,  Son, 
and  Holy  Ghost !  I  believe  in  Thee,  O  only-begotten 
Son  of  the  Father!  I  believe  that  Thou  becamest  man; 
that  Thou  didst  suffer  and  die  for  my  salvation.  I 


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believe  that  Thou  art  in  heaven,  and  in  the  Most  Holy 
Sacrament  of  the  Altar,  where  Thou  intercedest  for  me. 
Increase  my  faith,  and  deign  to  enlighten  those  who 
are  in  the  darkness  of  error. 

And  do  Thou,  O  Holy  Ghost,  Whom  I  adore  as  my 
true  God,  receive  my  heartfelt  thanks  for  the  consola 
tion  and  the  strength  which  come  to  my  soul  through 
the  Bread  of  life  and  the  holy  sacrifice.  I  offer  Thee 
my  whole  heart,  O  Holy  Spirit,  divine  Consoler,  and 
thank  Thee  most  heartily  for  all  the  benefits  that  Thou 
dost  unceasingly  bestow  upon  the  world.  I  beseech 
Thee  to  bless  me  with  a  lively  faith  in  the  Holy  Eucha 
rist.  Keep  my  soul  ever  bright  for  the  corning  of  the 
Bridegroom.  Grant  me  Thy  sevenfold  gift,  in  order 
that  I  may  with  ardent  love  follow  Christ,  and  with 
perseverance  walk  in  the  way  of  salvation. 

AT  THE  OFFERTORY  AND  LAVABO. 

OMY  God!  would  that  I  were  able  to  offer  Thee 
something  worthy  of  Thy  divine  majesty  and  of 
Thy  innumerable  benefits.  Of  myself  I  have  nothing, 
and  yet  what  I  shall  offer  Thee  is  a  treasure  of  infinite 
value;  it  is  Thy  only  Son  Jesus  Christ,  the  object  of 
Thy  complacency.  I  offer  Him,  then,  to  Thee,  O 
great  God!  I  offer  to  Thee  all  His  virtues,  all  His 
sentiments,  all  His  words,  all  His  actions,  all  His 
prayers,  all  His  fasts,  all  His  tears,  all  His  sufferings, 
all  the  drops  of  His  blood,  all  His  adorable  mysteries. 
I  offer  all  the  merits  of  the  august  Virgin,  of  the 
saints  of  heaven,  of  the  souls  in  purgatory,  and  of  the 
just  on  earth.  In  union  with  Jesus,  I  offer  Thee  all 
that  I  am,  and  all  that  I  have:  my  soul,  my  body,  my 
senses,  my  thoughts,  my  desires,  my  words,  my  actions, 
my  sufferings,  my  labors,  my  life,  and  my  death.  I 
desire  no  longer  to  belong  to  myself.  I  am  Thine  and 
Thine  forever.  What  an  anomaly  is  a  Religious  who 
is  not  Thine,  O  Lord!  As  this  bread  is  about  to  be 


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changed  into  the  body  of  Jesus  Christ,  so  change  me,  O 
Lord!  convert  me,  and  cause  me  to  become  a  holy  Re 
ligious. 

O  Lord,  Thou  art  sanctity  itself,  and  I  belong  to 
Thee;  there  should  be  no  stain  in  me.  Purify  me, 
wash  me  in  the  blood  of  Jesus  Christ,  my  Saviour;  let 
grief  and  anguish  wound  my  heart;  let  me  never  again 
be  separated  from  Thee  by  sin. 

AT  THE  ORATE  FRATRES  AND  SECRETA. 

r\  LORD,  we  join  our  prayers  to  those  of  the  priest 
^^  at  the  altar.  God  of  infinite  sanctity,  grant  that 
he  may  be  invested  with  that  holiness  which  Thou  dost 
look  for  in  Thy  ministers.  Bless  him,  that  he  may  be 
a  man  according  to  Thine  own  Heart.  May  this  clean 
oblation,  which  he  is  offering,  be  acceptable  to  Thee; 
may  it  be  for  the  glory  of  Thy  name,  for  the  sanctifica- 
tion  of  my  soul,  and  for  the  welfare  of  Thy  Church. 
Give  me,  O  Lord,  the  innocence  and  simplicity  of  a  child, 
so  that  I  may  merit  Thy  fatherly  favors  and  blessings! 


AT    THE    PREFACE. 


*T*  LONG  to  praise  and  thank  Thee,  my  God,  for  ever 
«-*•*  and  ever.  What  an  ingrate  I  should  be  were  I 
insensible  of  God's  love  for  me!  In  His  goodness  He 
has  chosen  me,  unworthy  as  I  am,  to  be  His  spouse, 
and  to  serve  Him  apart  iron?  the  world  in  His  "enclosed 
garden,"  as  His  favored  handmaid.  And  I  have  ren 
dered  myself  so  unworthy  of  His  favors  by  my  negli 
gences  and  offences!  It  is  but  meet  and"  just  that  I 
testify  my  gratitude  and  my  devotedness  in  every  place 
and  at  every  instant.  May  my  whole  life  in  future  be 
a  song  of  praise,  and  all  my  actions  continual  thanks 
givings.  O  angels  and  saints,  let  me  unite  my  praise 
with  yours!  Ah!  when  shall  I  sing  with  you  in  glory 
an  everlasting  canticle  of  thanksgiving  and  love,  in  honor 
of  the  endless  mercy  and  goodness  of  my  God  ? 


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Cbe  Canon  of  tbe  /Ifcass. 

AT   THE   COMMEMORATION   OF   THE   LIVING. 

sacrifice  of   Jesus  Christ  is  offered  up  for  the 


whole  Church:  I  pray,  then,  O  my  God!  for  all 
those  who  compose  it.  Eless  our  chief  Pastor,  N.  N.. 
our  bishops,  and  our  priests.  Bless  in  particular  our 
Superior.  May  all  ecclesiastics  be  holy;  grant  that  the 
members  of  all  Religious  Orders  may  live  conformably 
to  their  holy  profession;  and  that  all  Christians  may 
live  and  die  as  true  disciples  of  Jesus  Christ.  Convert 
all  sinners,  and  may  the  just  obtain  the  grace  of  per 
severance.  I  particularly  recommend  to  Thee  all  my 
relations  and  those  who  have  authority  over  me,  my 
benefactors  and  those  who  have  asked  my  prayers,  those 
who  have  offended  me  and  whom  I  have  offended. 
May  the  Community  to  which  I  have  the  honor  of  be 
longing,  be  always  dear  to  Thee,  and  cease  not  to  re 
ceive  from  Thee  abundant  blessings.  Thou  canst  do 
all  things,  O  Lord!  Make,  then,  of  us  as  many  saints 
as  we  are  Religious. 

At  this  moment  I  have  need  of  being  profoundly 
recollected.  Jesus  is  about  to  descend  on  the  altar; 
there  He  will  perform  the  office  of  Mediator  for  me. 
He  will  pay  for  me  the  heavy  debt  I  have  contracted  to 
divine  justice.  Come,  O  Lord  Jesus!  come,  O  Spouse 
of  my  soul  !  Let  me  taste  the  sweetness  of  Thy  presence. 
O  my  soul,  behold  thy  King!  Behold,  He  comes  to  thee 
full  of  tenderness  and  compassion!  He  veils  the  splen 
dor  of  His  majesty,  that  thou  mayest  approach  Him 
with  more  confidence.  Adoring  angels  surround  His 
altar-  throne.  Wonderful  condescension!  Miracle  of 
God's  love! 

AT   THE   ELEVATION   OF  THE   HOST. 

J7ESUS,  my    Lord,  my    Saviour,  is    here.       I    adore 
«)     Thee,    true    God    and    true    man.      "Thou,    O 


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Christ,  art  the  King  of  glory;  Thou  art  the  everlasting 
Son  of  the  Father!"  For  love  of  me  Thou  hast  hum 
bled  Thyself.  O  my  divine  Spouse!  I  thank  Thee, 
I  love  Thee. 

AT   THE   ELEVATION   OF   THE   CHALICE. 

f\  PRECIOUS  blood  of  my  Redeemer,  shed  for  my 
^^  salvation,  I  adore  thee!  Cleanse  me  from  every 
stain  of  sin.  "Eternal  Father!  I  offer  Thee  the  pre 
cious  blood  of  Jesus,  in  satisfaction  for  my  sins,  and  for 
the  wants  of  holy  Church." 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  each  time. — Pius  VII.,  Sept.  22,  1817. 

AFTER     THE     ELEVATION    AND    AT     THE    MEMENTO     FOR 
THE    DEAD. 

E  heavens  are  opened;  the  Holy  of  holies  has 
come  down  to  us.  This  altar  is  now  the  throne 
of  Jesus,  the  King  of  glory,  the  joy  of  the  angels  and  the 
crown  of  the  saints!  How  meekly,  how  humbly  hast 
Thou  come  to  us,  good  Lord! 

Profoundly  I  adore  Thee,  and  bless  Thee,  and  praise 
Thee! 

And  what  dost  Thou  ask  of  me,  my  Lord,  in  Thy 
great  condescension? 

Only  my  heart.  Praise  and  honor  are  pleasing  to 
Thee  only  when  they  spring  from  pure  hearts;  there 
fore  I  beseech  Thee,  O  Jesus,  by  Thy  infinite  purity 
and  holiness,  to  cleanse  my  heart  more  and  more  from 
every  stain  of  sin  and  every  evil  inclination.  Give  me 
the  heart  of  a  perfect  Religious,  pure,  unselfish,  and 
entirely  devoted  to  Thy  interests.  Take  my  heart  into 
Thy  Sacred  Heart,  that  it  may  there  be  purified,  like  gold 
in  the  furnace,  from  the  dross  of  worldly  attachments 
and  sensual  desires.  Thou  hast  said:  "I  am  come  to 
cast  fire  on  the  earth,  and  what  do  I  desire  but  that  it 
be  enkindled  ?  "  Mav  my  heart,  O  Lord,  respond  to 


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the  intensity  of  Thy  love.  I  love  Thee,  and  I  desire  to 
love  Thee  daily  more  and  more.  O  Sacred  Heart  of 
Jesus  in  the  Blessed  Sacrament,  sanctify  my  heart, 
make  it  like  to  Thine,  that  it  may  be  pleasing  to  Thee, 
and  that  I  may  remain  united  with  Thee  for  ever.  Have 
mercy,  also,  on  the  poor,  holy  souls  in  purgatory;  wash 
them,  cleanse  them  in  that  precious  blood  which  Thou 
didst  shed  upon  the  cross  and  which  is  now  here  present 
on  the  altar. 

Be  to  them  a  merciful  and  kind  Samaritan,  and  heal 
with  Thy  sacred  blood,  which  is  indeed  a  heavenly  oil, 
their  burning  wounds.  O  adorable  Jesus,  look  down 
with  pity  upon  these  poor,  suffering  souls.  They  loved 
Thee  whilst  they  lived  on  earth;  they  repent  and  lament 
that  they  were  guilty  of  grieving  and  offending  Thee, 
and  they  ardently  long  to  love  Thee  more  perfectly  and 
to  praise  Thee  unceasingly  in  heaven. 

Oh,  do  Thou  satisfy  their  longing  desires  to  behold 
Thee  face  to  face,  and  in  Thine  infinite  mercy  deliver 
them  from  their  terrible  sufferings  and  receive  them 
into  Thine  eternal  kingdom. 

Eternal  rest  give  unto  them,  O  Lord!    And  let  per 
petual  light  shine  upon  them. 

AT   THE   PATER   NOSTER. 

MY  God!  Thou  art  my  Father,  and  Father  of  all; 
from  the  summit  of  heaven  where  Thou  reignest 
and  art  the  supreme  happiness  of  the  blessed,  look  down 
on  the  prayer  of  Thy  daughter  and  spouse.  May  Thy 
nam-3  be  sanctified.  I  desire  to  become  a  saint,  and  to 
lead  my  Sisters  to  sanctity.  May  Thy  kingdom  come. 
Reign  in  me  now  by  Thy  grace,  that  I  may  one  day 
reign  with  Thee  in  heaven.  May  Thy  will  be  done.  I 
desire  what  -Thou  desirest;  I  desire  only  what  Thou 
desirest;  I  desire  it  only  because  Thou  desirest  it.  I 
desire  to  do  Thy  will  with  the  same  love  and  perfection 


320       A  Method  of  Hearing  Mass  for  Religious. 

as  the  angels  and  saints  do  it  in  heaven.  Give  us  this 
day  our  daily  bread;  take  this  religious  house  under  Thy 
special  protection,  O  Lord.  Forgive  us  our  trespasses, 
as  ive  forgive  those  who  trespass  against  us. 

I  love  without  exception,  for  the  love  of  Thee,  all  my 
enemies,  and  all  for  whom  I  have  had  any  antipathy. 
Remember,  O  Lord!  that  Thou  hast  said,  "Pardon, 
and  you  shall  be  pardoned."  Lead  us  not  into  tempta 
tion.  O  my  God!  do  not  allow  me  to  be  tempted,  or. 
if  I  shall  be  tempted,  let  me  not  yield  to  the  temptation. 
Remove  from  me  the  occasions  of  sin,  and  come  to  my 
assistance,  in  order  that  I  may  not  expose  myself  to  it. 
Deliver  us  from  evil.  Sin  is  the  greatest  of  all  evils; 
purify  me  from  those  I  have  committed,  and  suffer  me 
not  to  commit  any  more.  After  life,  preserve  me  from 
hell,  so  often  deserved  by  me  for  my  sins;  and  even  from 
purgatory,  where  the  souls  therein  detained,  undergo 
most  cruel  torments  in  seeing  themselves  separated 
from  Thee.  Amen.  May  it  be  so.  I  implore  all  these 
things  with  fervor,  through  the  merits  of  Jesus  Christ, 
for  myself,  for  all  Religious,  for  all  the  faithful. 

AT   THE   AGNUS   DEI. 

Lamb  of  God!  Who  hast  condescended  to  be  im- 
molated  in  order  to  expiate  our  crimes,  to  reconcile 
us  with  Thy  Father,  to  merit  heaven  for  us,  have  pity 
on  all  men,  for  whom  Thou  hast  shed  Thy  blood;  and 
particularly  have  compassion  on  Thy  servants  conse 
crated  to  Thee  in  the  religious  state;  have  mercy  on 
me. 

AT    THE    DOMINE,    NON   SUM   DIGNUS   AND   AT    HOLY 
COMMUNION. 

*T~|ORD  Jesus,  I  am  not  worthy  to  take  my  place  at 
**"*  the  table  of  angels;  nevertheless  I  desire  most 
ardently  to  receive  Thee  O  divine  Spouse  of  my  soul, 


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bless  me  with  those  dispositions  which  the  reception  of 
the  Most  Adorable  Sacrament  requires,  so  that  when  I 
shall  approach  the  holy  table,  I  may  do  so  in  a  manner 
most  agreeable  to  Thee,  and  most  salutary  to  myself. 
I  conjure  Thee  to  purify  my  heart,  to  come  and  dwell 
therein,  until  the  day  that  I  shall  have  the  happiness  to 
receive  Thy  sacred  body  in  the  Blessed  Sacrament. 
Come,  Lord  Jesus;  come  to  me  at  least  spiritually;  I 
love  Thee  with  my  whole  heart.  Come,  give  me,  if  not 
Thy  sacred  flesh,  at  least  Thy  love,  Thy  grace,  Thy 
spirit,  Thy  heart;  grant  that  I  may  be  transformed  into 
Thee;  and  that  I  may  live  Thy  life. 

Imagine  that  the  Blessed  Virgin  or  your  guardian  angel 
is  presenting  to  you  the  sacred  Host.  Keep  closely  united 
to  Jesus  Christ,  as  if  you  had  really  received  Him,  and  say 
in  thanksgiving: 

ADORE  and  love  Thee,  O  my  Jesus,  Who  art 
truly  the  Life  of  my  soul.  I  entreat  Thee  to 
remain  in  my  heart  and  to  sanctify  my  whole  life,  so 
that  I  may  have  the  happiness  to  possess  Thee  eternally. 

0  infinite  Charity!   I  have  immolated  myself  entirely  to 
Thee:    grant  that  I  may  never  forget  that  I  no  longer 
belong  to  myself,  but  to  Thee,  my  God!  Yes,  I  am  dead; 
my  life  shall  be  hidden  with  Jesus  Christ  in  God.     May 

1  ever  be  a  living  victim  in  Thine  eyes ;  always  agreeable 
to  Thee.     Yes,  O  my  God!   I  will  unceasingly  sacrifice 
myself  in  union  with  Jesus  Christ,  to  honor  Thy  Majesty, 
to  thank  Thee  for  Thy  benefits,  to  appease  Thy  justice, 
to  draw  down  on  myself,  and  all  this  Community,  and 
on  Thy  Church,   those  graces  which  Thou  seest  are 
necessary  for  us.     Oh!   how  happy  am  I  in  being  con 
secrated  to  Thee,  and  separated  from  the  world  where 
so  many  dangers  present  themselves!     In  religion,  I  have 
only  to  please  Thee,  the  God  of  my  heart.     Keep  me, 
Lord,  keep  me  in  Thy  Heart!     O  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus, 
most  obedient  to  Thy  Father's  will,  turn  our  hearts  to 


322       A  Method  of  Hearing  Mass  for  Religious. 

Thyself,  that  we  may  ever  do  those  things  which  are 
pleasing  to  Thee.  O  heart  of  Mary,  Mother  of  Jesus, 
and  my  Mother,  keep  me,  guard  me  as  thine  own,  help 
me,  that  I  may  imitate  thy  virtues,  and  thus  become 
ever  more  pleasing  to  thy  divine  Son. 

AT  THE   BLESSING. 

£\  MOST  august  Trinity!  now  that  Thy  minister 
^-^  is  about  to  bless  me  in  Thy  name,  pour  out  on 
me  Thy  most  abundant  benedictions.  Bless  me  now; 
bless  me  every  day  of  my  life,  and  at  the  moment  of  my 
death;  bless  all  those  with  whom  I  have  the  happiness 
of  living,  in  order  that  we  may  never  cease  to  sing,  one 
day,  canticles  of  praise  and  love  to  Thy  mercy  and  Thy 
glory,  in  that  kingdom  which  Thou  hast  prepared  for 
us  in  Thy  boundless  love. 


IN    CONCLUSION. 


"T  CANNOT  leave  Thy  temple,  O  Lord,  without 
•**  expressing  to  Thee  my  gratitude  fcr  the  great 
blessings  and  holy  inspirations  that  have  come  to  me 
through  this  Mass.  My  God,  I  thank  Thee  with  all 
my  heart.  Love  for  love,  eternal  love  for  Thy  bound 
less  love  to  me.  Pardon,  O  Lord,  the  coldness  and  dis 
tractions  of  which  I  have  been  guilty  during  the  holy 
sacrifice.  I  am  sorry  for  these  offences,  and  for  all  the 
sins  of  my  whole  life,  because  Thou  art  infinitely  good 
and  sin  displeases  Thee;  henceforth  I  shall  endeavor 
more  earnestly  to  please  Thee  in  all  things. 

I  leave  for  a  time,  dear  Jesus,  this  place  of  benedic 
tions  which  Thou  hast  chosen  for  Thy  dwelling;  yet, 
though  I  can  not  be  always  bodily  present  in  this  holy 
place,  to  commune  with  Thee  in  the  Sacrament  of  Thy 
love,  I  shall  ever  be  there  in  thought  and  desire,  and  I 
shall  return  with  joy  as  soon  as  possible,  for  my  delight 
's  to  be  before  Thy  altars.  Let  me  not  forget  Thee 


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during  my  occupations.  I  consecrate  all  my  work  to 
Thee;  I  wish  by  it  to  please  Thee  alone.  My  watch 
word  shall  be:  "Ad  major  em  Dei  gloriam  et  in  honor  em 
Beata  Maria  Virginis!"  Give  me  Thy  grace,, that  I 
may  do  Thy  will  and  love  Thee  daily  more  and  more. 
O  my  Well-Beloved!  O  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus!  O  ten 
der  Spouse  of  my  soul!  have  mercy  on  me.  Keep  me 
near  Thee;  draw  me  ever  closer  to  Thee.  O  Mary,  my 
good  Mother,  I  implore  thy  protection.  Angels  and 
saints  of  heaven,  intercede  for  this  poor  unworthy  hand 
maid  of  the  Lord,  who  hopes  one  day  to  be  associated 
with  you  in  glory. 

Ejaculations. 

HIAT,  laudetur  atque  in     /T\AY  tne  most  just,  most 
aeternum  superexaltetur     >•-£     high,  and  most  ami- 
justissima,  altissima  et  amab-     able  will  of  God  be  done  in 
ilissima  voluntas  Dei  in  om-     all    things,   be    praised    and 
nibus.  magnified  for  ever. 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  a  day. — Pius  VII.,  May  19,  1818. 

Y  God,  grant   that  I  may  love  Thee,  and  may  the 
only  reward  of  my  love  be  to  love  Thee  always 
more  and  more. 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  a  day. — Leo^IIL,  March  15, 


1500. 


/IDetboo  ot  Ibearfna  flDass  by  Mas  of 
flDetntatton  on  tbe  passion, 


method  is  intended  for  those  who  prefer  meditation 
to  the  recital  of  vocal  prayers. 
The  Mass  is  divided  into  four  parts:    the  first,  from  the 
beginning  to  the  Gospel;   the  second,  to  the  Elevation;   the 
chird,  to  the  Communion  of  the  priest;    and  the  fourth  to 
the  end. 


324  Method  of  Hearing  Mass  by 

In  the  first  part  we  may  consider  and  honor  the  Heart  of 
Jesus,  praying  in  His  agony  at  the  approach  of  His  Passion, 
especially  in  the  Garden  of  Olives. 

In  the  second  we  honor  the  Heart  of  Jesus  humbled  and 
suffering  in  the  various  tribunals  of  Jerusalem,  until  the 
time  of  the  scourging  at  the  pillar. 

In  the  third  we  honor  the  Heart  of  Jesus  suffering  in  the 
scourging  and  crowning  with  thorns,  and  follow  Him  in  the 
path  of  suffering  until  His  last  sigh  on  the  cross. 

In  the  fourth  we  honor  the  Heart  of  Jesus  hidden  and 
buried  in  the  sepulcher. 

This  manner  of  hearing  has  four  very  precious  advan 
tages:  The  priest  is  followed  throughout  the  sacrifice,  which  is 
a  very  holy  and  meritorious  way  of  assisting  at  Mass.  The 
Heart  of  Jesus  is  honored  in  every  stage  of  His  Passion.  We 
enter  into  the  interior  sentiments  of  His  adorable  Heart  and 
endeavor  to  make  them  our  own. 

The  Mass  thus  becomes  a  prayer,  and  at  the  same  time  a 
very  useful  and  salutary  meditation. 

FROM   THE   COMMENCEMENT  OF   MASS   TO   THE   GOSPEL. 

»X«'T'N  the  name  of  the  Father,  and  of  the  Son,  and  of 
*•*-•     the  Holy  Ghost.     Amen. 

The  Heart  o]  Jesus  Praying  and  Suffering. 

prayest,  Thou  dost  suffer,  O  my  sweet  Saviour, 


Thy  Heart  experiencing  a  mortal  sadness  ;  suffer  me 
to  unite  myself  to  Thy  sorrows,  and  give  me  a  share  in 
Thy  deep  affliction.  Everything  that  presented  itself 
to  Thy  mind  plunged  Thy  Heart  in  a  sea  of  bitterness; 
for  Thou  didst  behold  the  deplorable  state  of  the  world, 
the  crimes  and  excesses  of  mankind,  the  torrent  of  iniqui 
ties  which  deluged  the  earth,  the  multitude  of  souls  which 
would  perish  and  be  cast  into  hell,  the  glory  of  Thy 
heavenly  Father,  outraged,  the  reproach  of  Thy  Passion 
and  sufferings,  and  their  uselessness  with  regard  to  so 
many  sinners,  who,  notwithstanding  the  shedding  of 
Thy  blood  for  them,  would  be  lost  for  ever. 


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0  my  Saviour,  am  I  not  also  a  cause  of  sorrow  to 
Thee?     Thou  lamentest  over  me,  Thou  seest  the  sad 
state  of  my  soul,  my  tepidity  and  negligence,  my  unfaith 
fulness  and  resistance  to  Thy  grace,  the  little  sorrow  I 
have  conceived,  my  little  care  for  amendment,  the  dan 
ger  to  which  I  am  exposed  of  dying  in  so  sad  a  state. 
Thou  lamentest  all  this,  and  I  am  not  touched;    Thou 
art  afflicted,  and  I  am  insensible.     Heart  of  my  God, 
Thou  prayest  and  I  know  not  how  to  pray;   if  I  pray, 
it  is  with  so  little  attention,  fervor,  or  devotion,  that  my 
prayers  deserve  not  to  ascend  to  the  throne  of  Thy 
mercy.     My  God,  teach  me  how  to  pray,  that  at  least, 
in  virtue  of  Thy  sacrifice  which  I  offer  Thee,  my  prayer 
may  be  pleasing  in  Thy  sight.     Yes,  my  God,  in  this 
holy  confidence  I  offer  Thee  the  homage  of  prayer  for 
the  salvation  of  my  soul,  whose  misery  and  extreme 
necessity  Thou  knowest. 

1  beseech  Thee  also  to  remember  all  those  for  whom 
I  ought  to  pray — my  relations,  that  we  may  be  united 
much  more  strongly  by  the  bonds  of  grace  than  by  those 
of  blood;  my  friends,  that  Thou  mayest  be  the  bond  and 
center  of  our  friendship;    my    benefactors,  beseeching 
Thee  to  render  them  a  hundredfold  the  goods  which  I 
have  received;  and  the  vengeance  which  I  desire  for  my 
enemies  is,   that  Thou   wouldst  visit  them  with  Thy 
graces.     I  pray  to  Thee  also,  in  a  particular  manner, 
0  my  God,  for  the  Church,  my  tender  mother,  for  the 
Sovereign  Pontiff,  and  all  Religious.     Shed  over  all  Thy 
abundant  benedictions;   give  to  all  of  us  hearts  accord 
ing  to  Thy  Heart,  uniting  us  all  in  the  same  holy  fellow 
ship.     Bless  in  particular  our  own  Religious  Community. 

Heart  of  Jesus,  praying  and  suffering,  I  adore  thee, 
and  beseech  thee  to  unite  my  prayers  with  thine. 

Heart  of  Jesus,  lamenting  and  agonizing,  I  adore 
thee,  and  beseech  thee  to  inspire  my  heart  with  the 
same  sentiments. 

Heart  of   Jesus,  offering  thyself  >n   sacrifice  to  the 


3  26  Mel  hod  of  Hearing  Mass  by 

eternal  Father,  I  adore  thee,  and  beseech  thee  to  offer 
me  in  sacrifice  with  thyself. 

FROM  THE   GOSPEL   TO   THE   ELEVATION. 

The  Heart  0}  Jesus  Humbled  and  Annihilated. 

/"\  MY  sweet  Saviour!  with  what  floods  of  bitterness 
^  is  not  Thy  Sacred  Heart  deluged!  With  what 
torrents  of  humiliation  is  it  not  overwhelmed!  Led,  or 
rather  dragged  from  tribunal  to  tribunal,  from  one  indig 
nity  to  another,  before  judges  who  are  Thy  enemies., 
tied  and  bound  as  a  slave,  accused  as  a  criminal,  Thou 
art  judged  and  condemned  as  a  malefactor,  a  seducer,  a 
disturber  of  the  public  peace. 

At  the  house  of  Caiphas  Thou  art  given  up  to  insults, 
and  the  injuries  and  affronts  of  a  troop  of  soldiers,  who 
make  Thee  undergo  the  most  infamous  treatment. 

Before  Annas  Thy  face  is  dishonored  by  a  shameful 
blow,  the  most  audacious  outrage  that  can  be  perpe 
trated  amongst  men. 

By  Herod  Thou  art  covered  with  a  white  robe  in  sign 
of  mockery.  Thou  art  treated  as  a  fool  before  his  whole 
court,  who  turn  into  contempt  and  insult  the  esteem  and 
admiration  of  which  Thou  hast  been  the  object. 

By  Pilate  Thou  art  placed  on  a  level  with  a  robber  and 
a  malefactor,  and  Thou  hast  the  sorrow  to  see  this  infa 
mous  wretch  preferred  before  Thee. 

Dragged  through  the  streets  of  Jerusalem,  Thou  wast 
obliged  to  undergo  the  yells,  the  cries,  and  imprecations 
of  the  immense  populace  there  assembled,  who  load 
Thee  with  curses  and  maledictions.  O  King  of  glory, 
what  a  flood  of  humiliations  overwhelmed  Thy  Heart! 
but  what  marvellous  virtue  Thou  dost  display!  what 
meekness,  what  patience,  and  charity!  Thou  dost  pray 
for  those  who  outrage  Thee.  Thou  offerest  Thy  suffer 
ings  for  those  who  persecute  and  afflict  Thee. 

O  adorable  Saviour,  this  sacrifice  of  Thy  Heart  was 


War  of  Meditation  on  the  Passion.  327 

necessary  in  order  to  repair  the  glory  of  Thy  outraged 
Father,  to  humble  the  proud  exaltation  of  our  minds, 
to  confound  the  detestable  pride  with  which  our  hearts 
ire  swelled,  to  make  us  know  the  inestimable  value  of 
humiliations,  to  give  us  in  Thy  Passion  a  touching  ex 
ample  to  which  we  can  have  nothing  to  oppose.  Even 
on  our  very  altars,  to  what  a  condition  dost  Thou  reduce 
Thyself  for  the  love  of  us!  And  yet,  O  my  God,  how 
astonishing  and  deplorable  it  is,  that  notwithstanding 
so  striking  an  example,  pride  should  still  hold  dominion 
over  us;  for,  alas!  how  much  of  vanity,  self-love,  and 
sensitiveness  do  we  not  possess! 

My  divine  Saviour,  how  much  have  I  not  to  reproach 
myself  with  on  this  point!  I  seek  only  the  applause  and 
esteem  of  men,  as  if  Thine  were  not  sufficient.  I  can 
suffer  and  endure  nothing  for  Thee,  Who  hast  under 
gone  so  much  for  me;  the  least  humiliation  afflicts  and 
dejects  me;  my  spirit  is  rebellious,  my  heart  swells,  my 
whole  soul  is  disturbed  and  agitated;  a  cowardly  and 
worthless  human  respect  makes  me  betray  my  duty  and 
Thy  interests.  Oh,  how  can  I  call  myself  Thy  disciple, 
and  acknowledge  Thee  for  my  Master  and  my  God? 
Was  it  necessary,  then,  O  my  Saviour  and  my  Lord, 
that  Thou  alone  shouldst  drink  of  the  chalice  of 
humiliations?  No,  my  adorable  Master,  I  will  share 
it  with  Thee,  I  will  receive  it  from  Thy  hands,  I  will 
have  a  part  in  Thy  abasements;  and  if  I  have  not  the 
courage  to  meet  humiliations,  I  will  at  least  accept  with 
submission  those  which  Thou  shalt  send  me.  From 
henceforth  I  offer  Thee  the  sacrifice  of  my  pride  and  my 
vanity,  in  order  to  unite  myself  to  Thee  in  Thy  annihila 
tions. 

If  nature  rebels,  or  self-love  complains,  I  will  follow 
Thy  example  and  implore  Thy  grace.  This  divine^  ex 
ample,  drawn  from  Thy  Heart  and  passing  into  mine, 
will  render  the  chalice  of  Thy  humiliations  precious, 
even  consoling  to  me,  and  one  drop  of  its  bitterness  will 


328  Method  of  Hearing  Mass  by 

be  sweeter  to  me  than  all  the  deceitful  and  guilty  pleas 
ures  of  this  blind  and  perverse  world. 

O  Heart  of  Jesus,  saturated  with  indignities,  make 
me  share  in  thy  chalice. 

O  Heart  of  Jesus,  steeped  in  an  ocean  of  sorrows, 
steep  my  heart  in  thy  tears. 

O  Heart  of  Jesus,  plunged  in  an  abyss  of  humiliations 
and  suffering,  destroy  my  self-love  and  pride. 

FROM     THE    ELEVATION    TO    THE    COMMUNION     OF     THE 
PRIEST. 

The  Heart  of  Jesus  Suffering  and  Expiring  on  the  Cross. 

*AS  it  necessary,  O  my  Jesus,  that,  after  having 
given  up  Thy  Sacred  Heart  to  the  greatest  humili 
ations,  Thy  body  should  be  delivered  to  excessive  tor 
ments?  To  what  a  condition  art  Thou  reduced  by  the 
terrible  scourging!  Thy  body  is  bruised,  torn,  and  covered 
with  wounds.  Thou  art  bathed  in  the  streams  of  Thy 
adorable  blood,  and  yet  they  cease  not  to  strike  Thee, 
and  to  exercise  over  Thee  all  the  fury,  cruelty,  and  hatred 
of  which  they  are  capable. 

But,  O  my  God,  in  the  midst  of  these  excessive  suffer 
ings  of  Thy  body,  what  are  the  emotions  of  Thy  Heart  ? 

Thou  dost  suffer  with  patience,  O  sweet  Saviour, 
submitting  Thyself  to  Thy  heavenly  Father,  offering  to 
Him  Thy  torments,  begging  of  Him  the  forgiveness  of 
our  sins,  regarding  Thyself  as  a  victim  sacrificed  for  our 
salvation,  beholding  those  streams  of  blood  with  resig 
nation,  and  even  with  joy,  in  order  that  our  sins  might 
be  washed  away,  and  that  the  voice  of  this  adorable 
blood,  rising  even  to  heaven,  might  obtain  grace  and 
mercy  for  us. 

Tboii  sufferest  everything  for  me,  O  adorable  Heart 
of  my  Saviour,  and  yet  the  least  suffering  is  a  torment 
to  me;  I  fear  even  the  very  name  of  suffering  and  pain. 
I  care  so  much  for  mv  body,  seeking  its  ease  and  guard- 


Way  of  Meditation  on  the  Passion.  329 

ing  it  so  carefully,  without  remembering  that  it  is  a  body 
of  sin,  which  I  ought  to  subject  to  the  rigors  of  penance. 
Ah!  my  Saviour,  do  I  not  see  that  by  my  care  in  avoid 
ing  suffering  I  increase  Thine,  rendering  those  suffer 
ings  useless  for  my  salvation? 

All  Thy  sufferings  in  this  cruel  scourging,  O  my 
Saviour,  nevertheless  are  little  else  than  the  commence 
ment  of  Thy  torments.  Thy  sacrifice  must  be  consum 
mated.  I  behold  Thee  loaded  with  Thy  cross,  taking 
the  way  to  Calvary.  Suffer  me,  O  my  God  and  Saviour, 
to  follow  Thee  in  spirit,  and  step  in  Thy  bleeding  foot 
steps.  What  do  I  see,  great  God,  what  marvelous 
spectacle  does  faith  present  to  me?  A  suffering  God!  a 
dying  God !  a  God  dying  in  excess  of  pain !  a  God  dying 
for  the  love  of  those  who  cause  His  death!  At  such  a 
sight  what  can  I  say;  how  can  my  heart  express  the  sen 
timents  with  which  it  is  filled? 

Ah!  my  Saviour,  how  eloquently  dost  Thou  preach 
upon  Thy  cross  the  great  truths  of  faith  which  Thou  hast 
announced  to  us!  How  dost  Thou  make  known  the 
greatness  of  the  inexorable  justice  of  God,  the  excellence 
and  the  price  of  our  souls,  but,  above  all,  the  malice 
and  enormity  of  sin,  the  severity  and  horror  of  the  punish 
ments  which  are  reserved  for  it  in  eternity.  And  they 
are  my  sins,  O  Heart  of  my  God,  which  Thou  bewailest, 
which  Thou  dost  lament  upon  the  cross.  They  are  my 
sins  which  led  Thee  there,  which  fastened  Thee  to  its 
wood,  which  have  shed  Thy  sacred  blood,  and  caused 
Thy  death;  and  I,  my  Saviour,  am  not  filled  with  sor 
row  at  the  foot  of  Thy  cross.  Should  I  not  weep  with 
sorrow  for  having  offended  my  God,  caused  the  suffer 
ings  of  Jesus,  rendered  myself  responsible  for  His  blood, 
and  guilty  of  His  death  ?  Thy  Heart  is  still  open  for  me 
upon  Thy  cross,  O  Jesus.  Thy  arms  are  extended  ten 
derly  to  receive  me,  and  I  return  to  Thee  with  sincerity 
and  sorrow. 

Every  day  Thou  renewest  on  our  altars,  in  an  un- 


330       Mass  by  Way  of  Meditation  on  the  Passion. 

bloody  manner,  the  bloody  sacrifice  which  Thou  didst 
once  offer  upon  Calvary.  It  is  this  sacrifice  that  I  offer 
Thee,  as  Thou  didst  offer  it  to  Thy  heavenly  Father. 
Suffer  me  to  unite  to  Thy  sacrifice  the  sacrifice  of  myself, 
and  especially  that  of  a  contrite  and  humble  heart.  I 
beg  of  Thee  to  give  me  a  heart  broken  with  sorrow  to 
offer  to  Thee,  and  thus  render  the  victim  worthy  of 
Thee,  worthy  to  be  sacrificed  to  Thee. 

FROM    THE   COMMUNION  OF   THE  PRIEST  TO  THE  END  OF 

MASS. 

The  Heart  of  Jesus  Concealed  and  Buried  in  the  Sepulcher. 

BELOVED  Saviour,  Thy  body  is  placed  in  the 
sepulcher,  the  last  of  the  humiliations  which 
Thou  hadst  to  undergo  in  this  world,  for  humiliation  was 
to  accompany  Thee  even  to  the  tomb.  O  my  soul,  what 
a  state  of  abasement  for  God  made  man  is  this,  to  be  in 
the  world  as  not  there,  hidden  in  the  bosom  of  the  earth, 
surrounded  by  the  shades  of  death,  given  up  to  obscurity 
in  the  region  of  darkness,  absolutely  destitute  of  every 
thing,  for  even  the  tomb  in  which  Jesus  reposes  is  not  His, 
thus  verifying  the  words  He  had  said  of  Himself:  "The 
birds  of  the  air  have  their  nests;  but  the  Son  of  man 
hath  not  where  upon  to  lay  His  head."  Yet  in  this 
state  of  humiliation  Thou,  my  Jesus,  dost  preserve  all 
Thy  power. 

Behold,  my  soul,  the  great  example  given  us  for  our 
imitation.  St.  Paul  tells  us  that  we  are  dead,  that  our 
life  must  be  "hidden  with  Jesus  Christ  in  God."  Yes, 
my  divine  Saviour,  in  Thy  tomb  I  will  learn  detachment 
from  the  world,  forgetfulness  of  the  world,  death  to  the 
world  and  to  myself,  the  nothingness  of  earthly  things, 
the  love  of  retirement,  and  strict  union  with  God;  for 
Thou  shalt  take  the  place  of  all,  O  Jesus,  when  for  Thee 
I  have  quitted  all  with  heart  and  mind. 

O  my  God,  vouchsafe  to  accept  these  resolutions;   I 


Holy  Mass  in  Union  with  the  Sacrea  fteari.       331 

renew  them  in  this  holy  sacrifice,  and  I  offer  them  to 
Thee  in  union  with  Thine  own.  I  beg  of  Thee  to  give 
me  the  grace  to  preserve  them  in  my  soul  as  long  as  I 
live,  and  grant  that  I  may  persevere  in  them  until  death. 

O  adorable  Heart  of  my  Saviour,  Thou  wast  not  always 
in  humiliation,  suffering,  and  sorrow.  After  so  many 
trials  and  conflicts,  Thou  didst  ascend  into  heaven,  the 
conqueror  of  Thy  enemies;  triumphing  over  the  world, 
death,  and  all  the  powers  of  hell,  Thou  art  exalted  in 
glory,  and  seated  at  the  right  hand  of  the  heavenly 
Father. 

Heart  of  my  God,  I  rejoice  in  Thy  glory  and  Th^ 
triumph.  Shall  I  one  day  share  Thy  glory  and  Thy 
happiness?  It  is  only  through  Thee  and  Thy  merits 
that  I  can  hope  for  and  merit  this  grace.  I  beseech 
Thee  to  give  it  me  in  virtue  of  the  sacrifice  which  I  offer 
Thee.  Thou  hast  offered  Thyself  for  me  upon  our 
altars;  receive  me  one  day  in  Thy  sacred  tabernacle,  in 
order  that  I  may  praise  Thee  for  ever  with  Thy  elect; 
and  as  a  pledge  of  this  happiness,  vouchsafe  to  ratify 
in  heaven  the  blessing  which  Thy  priest  gives  us  on 
earth,  in  the  name  of  the  Father,  and  of  the  Son,  and  of 
the  Holy  Ghost.  Amen. 

1bols  /IDass  in  TUnicm  witb  tbe  SacreD 
Ibeart  of 


Jfor  tbe  ffeast  of  tbe  Sacreo  f>eart  of  Jesus  an&  for 
tbe  jffrst  ffrtoags  of  Eacb  dfcontb. 

Special  parts,  i.e.,  Introit,  Collect,  Epistle,  Gradual,  Gos 
pel,  Offertory,  Secret,  Communion,  and  Post-Communion 
from  the  proper  Mass: 

Miserebitur  of  the  Roman  Missal. 
PREPARATORY   PRAYER. 

ERNAL  Father,  I  offer  Thee  the  sacrifice  which 
Thy  divine  Son  made  of  Himself  on  the  cross, 


332  The  Holy  Mass  in  Union  with. 

and  which  He  now  renews  on  our  altars.  I  offer  it  in 
the  name  of  all  mankind,  with  the  Masses  which  are  now 
being  celebrated,  and  which  will  be  celebrated  through 
out  the  world,  in  order  to  adore  Thee  and  render  Thee 
all  possible  honor  and  glory;  to  thank  Thee  for  Thy 
innumerable  benefits,  to  appease  Thy  justice  provoked 
by  our  sins;  to  give  Thee  the  satisfaction  Thou  dost 
expect;  also  to  obtain  grace  for  myself,  for  Thy  Church, 
for  my  friends  and  relations,  for  the  whole  world,  in 
particular  for  Religious  and  for  the  souls  in  purgatory. 
I  wish  to  assist  at  this  holy  Mass  with  the  disposi 
tions  of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  when  she  stood  on 
Mount  Calvary,  in  the  shadow  of  the  cross,  offering  the 
sufferings  of  her  Son  for  the  redemption  of  the  world. 

0  Lord  Jesus  Christ!   I  desire  to  offer  myself,  in  union 
with  Thy  Sacred  Heart,  for  all  the  intentions  for  which 
Thou  now  offerest  Thyself  to  God,  Thy  Father. 

AT   THE   CONFITEOR. 

DIVINE  Jesus,  Thou  art  the  Victim,  laden  with 
all  the  iniquities  of  the  world;  Thou  hast  wept 
for  our  sins,  and  expiated  them  by  Thy  Passion  and 
death.  I  come  to  mingle  my  tears  with  Thine;  I  con 
fess  to  Thee,  O  Lord,  in  the  presence  of  Mary,  ever 
virgin,  and  of  all  the  angels  and  saints,  that  I  have  sinned 
exceedingly  in  thought,  word,  and  deed;  that  it  is  my 
ingratitude  which  pierced  Thy  Heart,  and  put  Thee  to  a 
cruel  death.  O  God,  my  Saviour,  through  Thy  tears, 
through  Thy  agony  in  the  Garden  of  Olives,  through 
Thy  precious  blood  and  the  wound  in  Thy  Sacred  Heart, 

1  beseech  Thee  to  pardon  me,  and  to  grant  me  the  remis 
sion  of  all  my  sins. 

AT  THE  INTROIT  (Misercbitur). 

E  shall  be  merciful,  according  to  the  multitude  of 
His  mercies-;    for  He  hath  not  from  His  Heart 


the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus.  333 

laid  low  nor  cast  off  the  children  of  men;  the  Lord  is 
good  unto  them  that  hope  in  Him,  to  the  soul  that  seeketh 
Him.  Alleluia,  Alleluia.  The  mercies  of  the  Lord  I 
will  sing  for  ever,  unto  generation  and  generation. 

AT   THE    KYRIE. 

KYRIE  eleison;  "y^ORD,  have  mercy; 

Christe  eleison;  •-•— +     Christ,  have  mercy; 

K.yrie  eleison.  Lord,  have  mercy. 

THER  in  heaven,  have  mercy  on   us,  the   work 
of  Thy  hands! 
Heart  of  Jesus,  have  pity  on  us,  for  whom  thou  hast 
shed  thy  most  precious  blood! 

Holy  Spirit,  have  compassion  on  us,  and  sanctify  us. 

AT   THE    GLORIA   IN   EXCELSIS. 

^"SLORY  be  to  God  on  high,  and  on  earth  peace  to 
Vi*  men  of  good  will.  We  praise  Thee;  ~we  bless 
Thee;  we  adore  Thee;  we  glorify  Thee;  we  give  Thee 
thanks  for  Thy  great  glory,  O  Lord  God,  heavenly  King, 
God  the  Father  almighty.  O  Lord,  the  only-begotten 
Son,  Jesus  Christ;  O  Lord  God,  Lamb  of  God,  Son  of 
the  Father,  Who  takest  away  the  sins  of  the  world,  have 
mercy  on  us;  Thou  Who  takest  away  the  sins  of  the 
world,  receive  our  prayers;  Thou  Wlio  sittest  at  the 
right  hand  of  the  Father,  have  mercy  on  us.  For  Thou 
only  art  holy:  Thou  only  art  the  Lord:  Thou  only,  O 
Jesus  Christ,  with  the  Holy  Ghost,  art  most  high  in  the 
glory  of  God  the  Father.  Amen. 

AT   THE   COLLECT. 

ANT,  we  beseech  Thee,  almighty  God,  that  we, 
who,  glorying  in  the  Most  Sacred  Heart  of  Thy 
beloved  Son,  commemorate  the  singular  benefits  of  His 
love  towards  us,  may  rejoice  alike  in  their  action  and  in 
their  fruit. 


334  The  Holy  Mass  in  Union  with 

GOD,  the  protector  of  those  that  hope  in  Thee, 
without  Whom  nothing  is  sure,  nothing  is  holy 
multiply  upon  us  Thy  mercy,  that,  Thou  being  our 
Ruler  and  Guide,  we  may  so  pass  through  temporal  gifts 
that  we  lose  not  those  which  are  eternal.  Through 
Jesus  Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

AT   THE   EPISTLE. 

(Lesson  o]  the  Feast  of  the  Sacred  Heart.} 

"T*  WILL  give  thanks  to  Thee,  O  Lord,  for  Thou  wast 
••*•»  angry  with  me:  Thy  wrath  is  turned  away,  and 
Thou  hast  comforted  me.  Behold,  God  is  my  Saviour, 
I  will  deal  confidently,  and  will  not  fear:  because  the 
Lord  is  rny  strength  and  my  praise,  and  He  is  become  my 
salvation.  You  shall  draw  waters  with  joy  out  of  the 
Saviour's  fountains:  and  you  shall  say  in  that  day: 
Praise  ye  the  Lord,  and  call  upon  His  name:  make  His 
inventions  known  among  the  people:  remember  that 
His  name  is  high.  Sing  ye  to  the  Lord,  for  He  hath 
done  great  things:  show  this  forth  in  all  the  earth.  Re 
joice  and  praise,  O  thou  habitation  of  Sion,  for  great  is 
He  that  is  in  the  midst  of  thee,  the  Holy  One  of  Israel. 
(Isaias  xii.  1-6.) 

GRAD.  O  all  ye  that  pass  by  the  way,  attend  and  see 
if  there  be  any  sorrow  like  to  my  sorrow.  V.  Having 
loved  His  own  who  were  in  the  world,  He  loved  them  unto 
the  end.  Alleluia,  Alleluia.  Learn  of  Me,  because  I  am 
meek  and  humble  of  Heart:  and  ye  shall  find  rest  to 
your  souls.  Alleluia. 

AT  THE   GOSPEL. 

T  that  time,  Jesus,  knowing  that  all  things  were 
now  accomplished  that  the  Scripture  might  be 
fulfilled,  said:  I  thirst.  Now  there  was  a  vessel  set 
there  full  of  vinegar.  And  they  putting  a  sponge  full 
of  vinegar  about  hvssop,  put  it  to  His  mouth.  Jesus, 


the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus.  335 

therefore,  when  He  had  taken  the  vinegar,  said:  It  is 
consummated.  And  bowing  His  head,  He  gave  up  the 
ghost.  Then  the  Jews  (because  it  was  the  parasceve) 
that  the,  bodies  might  not  remain  upon  the  cross  on  the 
Sabbath-day  (for  that  was  a  great  Sabbath-day)  besought 
Pilate  that  their  legs  might  be  broken,  and  that  they 
might  be  taken  away.  The  soldiers  therefore  came :  and 
they  broke  the  legs  of  the  first,  and  of  the  other  that  was 
crucified  with  him.  But  after  they  were  come  to  Jesus, 
when  they  saw  that  He  was  already  dead,  they  did  not 
break  His  legs.  But  one  of  the  soldiers  with  a  spear 
opened  His  side,  and  immediately  there  came  out  blood 
and  water.  And  he  that  saw  it  hath  given  testimony; 
and  his  testimony  is  true.  (John  xix.  28-35.) 

AT   THE   CREDO. 

I  BELIEVE,  O  my  God,  the  truths  which  Thou  hast 
revealed  to  Thy  Church.  I  desire  to  live  and  die 
in  this  faith.  Grant,  O  Lord,  that  my  life  may  be  con 
formable  to  my  faith;  that  my  faith  may  be  animated 
by  good  works;  and  that,  in  particular,  I  may  live  in 
imitation  of  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  according  to  the 
spirit  of  my  vows.  Sweet  Heart  of  Jesus,  Thy  kingdom 
come!  Mayest  Thou  reign  in  all  hearts.  Put  into 
my  heart  Thy  spirit — the  spirit  of  meekness,  humility, 
obedience,  poverty,  and  chastity.  Jesus,  meek  and 
humble  of  Heart,  make  my  heart  like  unto  Thine. 

AT   THE   OFFERTORY. 

BLESS  the  Lord,  O  my  soul;   and  never  forget  all 
He  hath  done  for  thee ;  Who  satisfieth  thy  desire 
with  good  things.     Alleluia.     (Psalm  cii.  2-5.) 


AT   THE   SECRET. 


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IEFEND  us,  O  Lord,  who  offer  to  Thee  Thy  holo 
caust;    and    that  our  hearts  may  be  more  fer- 


336  The  Holy  Mass  in  Union  with 

vently  prepared  for  it,  enkindle  within  them  the  flames 
of  Thy  divine  charity. 

1T~!OOK  down  graciously,  O  Lord,  upon  the  offer- 
«-*--*  ings  of  Thy  suppliant  Church,  and  grant  that 
they  may  sanctify  and  save  Thy  people. 

AT   THE    PREFACE. 

'T'T  is  truly  meet  and  just,  right  and  available  to  sal- 
«•*•«  vation,  that  we  should  always  and  in  all  places  give 
thanks  to  Thee,  O  holy  Lord,  Father  almighty,  eternai 
God,  Who  hast  appointed  the  salvation  of  mankind  to 
be  wrought  on  the  wood  of  the  cross;  that  from  whence 
death  came,  thence  life  might  arise,  and  that  he  who 
overcame  by  the  tree  might  also  by  the  tree  be  overcome. 
Through  Jesus  Christ  our  Lord,  through  Whom  the 
angels  praise  Thy  majesty,  the  dominations  adore  it, 
the  powers  tremble  before  it;  the  heavens,  the  heavenly 
virtues,  and  blessed  seraphim,  with  common  jubilee, 
glorify  it.  Together  with  whom  we  beseech  Thee  that 
we  may  be  admitted  to  join  our  humble  voices,  saying: 
Holy,  holy,  holy,  Lord  God  of  hosts.  Heaven  and 
earth  are  full  of  Thy  glory.  Hosanna  in  the  highest. 
Blessed  is  He  that  cometh  in  the  name  of  the  Lord. 
Hosanna  in  the  highest. 


O 


AT    THE   CANON. 

GOD,  infinitely  holy,  if  my  sins  provoke  Theer 
and  make  me  hateful  in  Thy  sight,  look  upor, 
the  Lamb  without  spot,  that  taketh  away  the  sins  of 
the  world,  and,  beholding  His  merits,  remember  not 
my  ingratitude.  Behold  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Thy 
divine  Son!  This  Heart,  infinitely  merciful,  prayed  for 
me  on  Calvary,  and  will  soon  renew  the  sacrifice  of 
itself  for  me  upon  the  altar.  Eternal  Father,  I  offer  Thee 
the  sacrifice  of  Jesus  Christ,  Thy  beloved  Son,  in  satis- 


the  Sacred  Heart  qffesus.  337 

faction  for  my  sins  and  for  the  wants  of  the  holy  Catho 
lic  Church. 

Remember,  O  good  and  gentle  Jesus,  that  none  who 
had  recourse  to  Thy  Sacred  Heart,  implored  its  assistance, 
or  cried  for  pardon,  were  ever  abandoned.  Animated 
with  this  confidence  in  Thy  goodness  and  mercy,  O 
Divine  Heart,  and  groaning  beneath  the  weight  of  my 
iniquities,  I  prostrate  myself  before  Thee.  Have  pity 
on  me,  and  listen  to  my  prayers.  Our  Father  in  heaven. 
Who  has  deigned  to  give  Thee  to  us  for  our  salvation,  will, 
through  Thee,  and  united  with  Thee,  receive  our  prayers. 
Through  Thy  merits  we  hope  to  obtain  the  pardon  of 
our  sins,  the  special  graces  that  we  ask  for  now,  and, 
above  all,  the  grace  of  perseverance,  that  with  the  angels 
and  saints  we  may  praise  Thee  now  on  earth,  and  bless- 
Thee  for  ever  in  heaven. 

O  sweetest  Heart  of  Jesus,  I  implore, 
That  I  may  ever  love  Thee  more  and  more. 

AT   THE   MEMENTO   OF   THE   LIVING. 

/T\OST  merciful  Father!  in  the  name  of  Jesus,  in 
^•^  memory  of  His  Passion  and  death,  and  of  His 
Heart,  wounded  for  love  of  us,  we  beseech  Thee  to  pro 
tect  Thy  holy  Church.  Sanctify  and  exalt  it  as  the 
spouse  of  Thy  divine  Son.  Bless  His  Holiness,  our  chief 
Pastor,  our  bishops,  and  our  priests. 

Remember  also,  O  Lord,  my  parents,  my  relatives, 
my  friends,  my  benefactors,  and  all  those  who  have 
asked  me  to  pray  for  them,  and  for  whom  I  have  prom 
ised  to  pray.  Bless  them,  and  by  Thy  grace  advance 
them  in  the  way  of  salvation. 

O  good  and  loving  Jesus,  take  to  Thy  Sacred  Heart  all 
who  belong  to  the  Apostleship  of  Prayer,  all  who  are  de 
voted  to  Thy  interests.  Thy  kingdom  come!  Strengthen 
Thy  faithful  servants,  that  by  their  fidelity  and  zeaHhey 
may  compensate  Thee  for  the  outrages  which  are  inflicted 


338  77/t?  Holy  Mass  in  Union  witn 

upon  Thee  in  the  Sacrament  of  Thy  love  by  those  who 
unfortunately  do  not  love  Thee. 

AT  THE    ELEVATION. 

Cast  a  look  of  adoration  and  love  upon  the  sacred  Host 
when  it  is  elevated  by  the  priest;  then  incline  your  head 
devoutly  and  say: 

I  SEE  upon  the  altar  placed 
The  Victim  of  the  greatest  love; 
Let  all  the  earth  below  adore, 

And  join  the  heavenly  choirs  above: 
Sweet  Sacrament,  we  Thee  adore. 
Oh!  make  us  love  Thee  more  and  more. 

Jesus!  dear  Pastor  of  the  flock, 

That  crowds  in  love  about  Thy  feet, 

Our  voices  yearn  to  praise  Thee,  Lord, 
And  joyfully  Thy  presence  greet: 

Sweet  Sacrament,  we  Thee  adore. 

Oh!    make  us  love  Thee  more  and  more. 

Ejaculations. 

/TV\Y  the  Heart  of  Jesus  in  the  Most  Blessed  Sacra- 
•  ****  ment  be  praised,  adored,  and  loved  with  grate 
ful  affection,  at  every  moment  and  in  all  the  world,  to 
the  end  of  time. 

f^fUCHARISTIC  Heart  of  my  Jesus,  whose  blood 
^-A  is  the  life  of  my  soul,  I  will  no  longer  live,  but 
live  thou  alone  in  me! 

AT  THE  MEMENTO  OF  THE  DEAD. 

O  FATHER  of  mercies,  in  the  name  of  Thy  beloved 
Son,  in  memory  and  in  virtue  of  the  wound  of 
His  Sacred  Heart,  His  bitter  Passion,  and  His  cruel 
death,  in  consideration  also  of  the  dolors  of  the  immacu 
late  heart  of  Mary,  of  all  the  loving  transports  of  the 


the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus.  339 

saints,  and  of  all  the  torments  of  the  martyrs,  I  beseech 
Thee  to  have  pity  on  the  souls  of  the  faithful  departed; 
particularly  on  the  souls  of  our  friends,  relatives,  bene 
factors,  and  the  associates  of  the  League  of  the  Sacred 
Heart.  Eternal  rest  give  unto  them,  O  Lord,  and  may 
perpetual  light  shine  upon  them.  O  Jesus,  mercy! 
Blessed  be  Thy  Sacred  Heart,  and  may  Thy  precious 
blood,  shed  for  us  in  Thy  Passion,  obtain  for  us  that 
heavenly  inheritance,  where  we  shall  dwell  with  Thee 
in  honor  and  glory,  and  bless  Thee  for  ever. 

AT   THE   PATER   NOSTER. 

Recite  slowly  and  devoutly  the  sublime  prayer  which 
Jesus  Himself  taught  His  disciples.  Surely  nothing  better  can 
be  substituted  here. 

/"\UR  Father,  Who  art  in  heaven,  hallowed  be  Thy 
^-^  name,  Thy  kingdom  come,  Thy  will  be  done 
on  earth  as  it  is  in  heaven;  give  us  this  day  our  daily 
bread,  and  forgive  us  our  trespasses  as  we  forgive  those 
who  trespass  against  us,  and  lead  us  not  into  temptation, 
but  deliver  us  from  evil.  Amen. 

AT    THE    COMMUNION. 

heart  hath  expected  reproach  and  misery;  and 
I  looked  for  one  that  would  grieve  together  with 
me,  but  there  was  none;  and  for  one  that  would  comfort 
me,  and  I  found  none;  Alleluia.  (Psalm  Ixviii.  21.) 

SPIRITUAL   COMMUNION.* 

good  Lord,  my  dear  Jesus!   I  am  sorry  for  hav- 
ing  wounded   Thy   loving  Heart    by   my   sins, 
because  Thou  art  infinitely  good,   and   sin  displeases 

*  This  Mass  in  honor  of  the  Sacred  Heart  may  be  used  profit 
ably,  whenever  we  assist  at  the  holy  sacrifice;  hence  an  act  of 
spiritual  communion  is  here  inserted  for  those  days  on  which 
fve  do  not  approach  the  holy  table 


340  The  Holy  Mass  in  Union  with 

Thee.  Like  the  beloved  disciple,  let  me  rest  upon  Thy 
Heart,  and  let  me  grieve,  together  with  Thee,  for  the 
outrages  that  are  committed  against  Thee  in  the  Sacra 
ment  of  Thy  love.  I  give  Thee  my  heart  and  my  love, 
if  my  poor  love  can  comfort  Thee.  I  love  Thee  above 
all  things,  and  I  desire  to  possess  Thee  within  my  soul. 
Since  I  am  unable  now  to  receive  Thee  sacramentally, 
come  at  least  spiritually  into  my  heart,  and  nourish  my 
soul  unto  life  everlasting.  Let  my  soul,  O  Lord,  feel 
Thy  sweetness.  Let  me  taste  how  sweet  Thou  art,  O 
Lord,  that,  being  allured  by  Thy  love,  I  may  never  sin 
by  running  passionately  after  worldly  pleasures.  "Thou 
art  the  God  of  my  heart,  and  the  God  that  is  my  por 
tion  for  ever."  Oh,  Thou  Lamb  of  God,  Who  takest 
away  the  sins  of  the  world,  take  away  from  me  what 
ever  may  hurt  me  and  displease  Thee.  Give  me  but 
Thy  love  and  Thy  grace!  May  the  sweet  flame  of  Thy 
love  consume  my  soul,  that  so  I  may  die  to  the  world 
for  the  love  of  Thee,  as  Thou  hast  vouchsafed  to  die 
upon  the  cross  for  the  love  of  me. 

PRAYERS   AFTER   COMMUNION. 

BEING  fed  with  peaceful  delights  and  life-giving 
sacraments,  we  suppliantly  beseech  Thee,  O 
Lord  our  God,  that  Thou,  Who  art  meek  and  humble 
of  heart,  wouldst  make  us  clean  from  the  stain  of  every 
vice,  and  cause  us  to  abhor  more  steadfastly  the  vanities 
of  the  world. 

AY  we  be  renewed,  O  Lord,  by  the  sacred  mysteries 
we   have    received;    and  may  they  expiate  our 
sins,  and  prepare  us  for  Thy  eternal  mercies.     Amen. 

AT   THE   BLESSING. 

BLESSED  be  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus!   Bless  us, 
O  Lord,  as  Thou  didst  bless  the  little  children, 


the  Sacred  Heart  of  fesus.  34 1 

and  again  Thy  disciples  at  Thy  glorious  ascension  into 
heaven,  so  that  we  may  persevere  in  Thy  grace,  and  be 
numbered  on  the  last  day  among  the  elect,  whom  Thou 
wilt  call  the  blessed  of  Thy  Father,  and  invite  into  Thy 
eternal  kingdom. 

AT   THE   LAST   GOSPEL. 

V.  The  beginning  of  the  holy  Gospel,  according  to  St.  John, 
R.  Glory  be  to  Thee,  O  Lord. 

"T*N  the  beginning  was  the  Word,  and  the  Word  was 
'-•-•  with  God,  and  the  Word  was  God:  the  same  was 
in  the  beginning  with  God.  All  things  were  made  by 
Him,  and  without  Him  was  made  nothing  that  was 
made:  in  Him  was  life  and  the  life  was  the  light  of  men: 
and  the  light  shineth  in  darkness,  and  the  darkness  did 
not  comprehend  it.  There  was  a  man  sent  from  God, 
whose  name  was  John.  This  man  came  for  a  witness 
to  give  testimony  of  the  light,  that  all  men  might  believe 
through  him.  He  was  not  the  light,  but  was  to  give 
testimony  of  the  light.  That  was  the  true  light  which 
enlighteneth  every  man  that  cometh  into  this  world.  He 
was  in  the  world,  and  the  world  was  made  by  Him,  and 
the  world  knew  Him  not.  He  came  unto  His  own,  and 
His  own  received  Him  not.  But  as  many  as  received 
Him,  He  gave  them  power  to  be  made  the  sons  of  God: 
to  them  that  believe  in  His  name,  who  are  born,  not  of 
blood,  nor  of  the  will  of  the  flesh,  nor  of  the  will  of  man, 
but  of  God.  AND  THE  WORD  WAS  MADE  FLESH  (here 
the  people  kneel),  and  dwelt  among  us:  and  we  saw  His 
glory,  the  glory  as  it  were  of  the  Only-begotten  of  the 
Father,  full  of  grace  and  truth. 
R.  Thanks  be  to  God. 

AFTER   MASS. 

The  Anima  Chris ti,  as  on  page  213;  prayers  ordered 
by  Pope  Leo  XIII.  to  be  said  after  every  Low  Mass,  as 
on  page  228. 


^  Mode  of  Hearing  Mass 

H  /IDooe  of  Ibearfns  flDass  for  tbe  ffaitbful 


MAKE  YOUR   INTENTION. 

GOD  of  all  mercy,  I  come  to  offer  Thee  the  blood 
of  the  Lamb  without  spot,  for  the  souls  which 
Thou  lovest,  and  which  long  and  sigh  for  the  blessed 
ness  of  seeing  Thee  and  glorifying  Thee  in  heaven. 
Just,  indeed,  are  Thy  punishments;  yet,  we  beseech 
Thee,  open  to  them  this  day  the  boundless  treasure  of 
the  satisfaction  of  Thy  divine  Son;  and  bestow  upon 
them  in  this  holy  sacrifice  wherewithal  to  discharge 
the  debt  which  they  still  owe  to  Thy  sovereign  justice. 

If  you  intend  to  communicate,  and  wish  to  offer  your 
communion  for  particular  souls,  say: 

I  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord,  to  apply  to  the  souls  of  N.N. 
the  indulgences  which  I  hope  to  be  able  to  obtain  by 
the  communion  I  am  about  to  receive. 

A   PRAYER   BEFORE   MASS. 

ETERNAL  God,  Who,  besides  the  general  pre- 
cepts  of  charity,  hast  commanded  a  particular 
respect  to  be  shown  to  parents,  priests,  kindred,  and 
benefactors,  and  by  the  institution  of  the  sacrifice  of 
the  Mass  hast  left  us  the  means  of  testifying  our  love 
and  gratitude  toward  them  even  after  death,  vouchsafe 
that  the  Mass  I  this  day  offer  in  union  with  Thy  minister, 
for  the  souls  of  N.N.  may  shorten  their  sufferings,  if 
they  be  still  detained  in  the  purifying  flames  of  purgatory. 
As  there  may  be  many  of  my  friends,  relatives,  bene 
factors,  spiritual  or  temporal,  or  ancestors,  tormented  in 
these,  intense  flames,  who  were  the  instruments  of  Thy 
providence  in  bestowing  on  me  existence,  education,  and 
innumerable  other  blessings,  grant  that  I  may  be  the 


For  the  Faithful  Departed.  343 

means  of  obtaining  for  them  a  speedy  release  from  their 
excessive  sufferings,  and  a  free  admittance  to  Thy  eter 
nal  joys;  through  Jesus  Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

0 

AT   THE   BEGINNING   OF   MASS. 

S-\  ALMIGHTY  God,  with  Whom  the  spirits  of  the 
^^  just  live,  and  in  Whose  holy  custody  are  deposited 
the  souls  of  all  that  depart  hence  in  an  inferior  degree  of 
grace,  and  are  therefore  detained  in  a  state  of  suffering; 
as  we  bless  Thee  for  the  saints  already  admitted  into 
Thy  glory,  so  we  humbly  offer  up  our  prayers  for  the 
afflicted  souls  who  continually  sigh  after  the  days  of 
their  deliverance. 

If  among  them  be  the  souls  of  those  for  whom  we  this 
day  petition,  vouchsafe  to  pardon  their  sins,  that  they 
may  behold  Thee,  and  in  Thy  glorious  light  eternally 
rejoice.  Through  Jesus  Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

INTROIT. 

^fRANT  them,  O  Lord,  eternal  rest,  and  let  per- 
*&  petual  light  shine  upon  them.  Ps.  A  hymn 
becometh  Thee,  O  Lord,  in  Sion,  and  a  vow  shall  be 
paid  to  Thee  in  Jerusalem;  hear  my  prayer;  all  flesh 
shall  come  to  Thee.  Grant  them,  etc. 

Lord,  have  mercy  on  them. 

Christ,  have  mercy  on  them. 

Lord,  have  mercy  on  them. 

COLLECTS. 

GOD,  Whose  property  is  always  to  have  mercy 
and  to  spare,  we  humbly  beseech  Thee  for  the 
soul  of  Thy  servant  N.,  that  Thou  wouldst  not  deliver 
it  up  into  the  hands  of  the  enemy,  nor  forget  it  unto  the 
end,  but  command  it  to  be  received  by  Thy  holy  angels, 
and  to  be  carried  to  paradise,  its  true  country,  that,  as 


344  ^  Mode  of  Hearing  Mass 

in  Thee  it  hoped  and  trusted,  it  may  not  have  to  endure 
the  pains  of  hell,  but  come  to  the  possession  of  eternal 
joys.  Through  Jesus  Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

> 

GOD,  the  Creator  and  Redeemer  of  all  the  faith- 
ful,  grant  unto  the  souls  of  Thy  servants  de 
parted  the  remission  of  all  their  sins,  that  by  pious  sup 
plications  they  may  obtain  the  pardon  which  they  have 
always  desired.  Grant  this,  O  God,  Who  livest  and 
reignest  for  ever  and  ever.  Amen. 

EPISTLE. 
(i.  Thess.  iv.  12-16.) 

BRETHREN:  And  we  will  not  have  you  ignorant 
concerning  them  that  are  asleep,  that  you  be 
not  sorrowful,  even  as  others  who  have  no  hope. 

For  if  we  believe  that  Jesus  died  and  rose  again,  even 
so  them  who  have  slept  through  Jesus,  will  God  bring 
with  Him. 

For  this  we  say  unto  you  in  the  word  of  the  Lord,  that 
we  who  are  alive,  who  remain  unto  the  coming  of  the 
Lord,  shall  not  prevent  them  who  have  slept. 

For  the  Lord  Himself  shall  come  down  from  heaven 
with  commandment  and  with  the  voice  of  an  archangel, 
and  with  the  trumpet  of  God:  and  the  dead  who  are  in 
Christ  shall  rise  first. 

Then  we  who  are  alive,  who  are  left,  shall  be  taken 
up  together  with  them  in  the  clouds  to  meet  Christ,  into 
the  air,  and  so  shall  we  be  always  with  the  Lord. 

GRADUAL. 

RNAL  rest  grant  to  them,  and  may  perpetual 
light  shine  upon  them.      V.  (Ps.  cxi.  7.)      The 

just  shall  be  in  everlasting  remembrance;   he  shall  not 

fear  the  evil  hearing. 


For  the  Faithful  Departed.  34  5 


TRACT. 

*|^  ELEASE,  O  Lord,  the  souls  of  all  the  faithful 
r*-^9  departed  from  the  bonds  of  their  sins.  V.  And 
by  the  assistance  of  Thy  mercy,  may  they  escape  the 
sentence  of  Thy  justice.  V.  And  enjoy  the  bliss  e* 
eternal  light. 

THE   SEQUENCE. 

(Dies  Ira.     See  page  986.) 

THE    GOSPEL. 

*T  that  time  Jesus  said  to  the  multitude  of  the 
Jews:  Amen,  amen,  I  say  unto  you  that  the 
hour  cometh,  and  now  is,  when  the  dead  shall  hear  the 
voice  of  the  Son  of  God,  and  they  that  hear  shall  live. 
For  as  the  Father  hath  life  in  Himself,  so  hath  He  given 
to  the  Son  also  to  have  life  in  Himself;  and  He  hath 
given  Him  power  to  do  judgment,  because  He  is  the 
Son  of  man.  Wonder  not  at  this,  for  the  hour  cometh 
wherein  all  that  are  in  the  graves  shall  hear  the  voice  of 
the  Son  of  God;  and  they  that  have  done  good  shall 
come  forth  unto  the  resurrection  of  life;  but  they  that 
•have  done  evil,  unto  the  resurrection  of  judgment. 

THE   OFFERTORY. 

OLORD  Jesus  Christ,  King  of  glory!  deliver  the 
souls  of  all  the  faithful  departed  from  the  pain 
ful  prison  of  purgatory.  We  offer  Thee,  eternal  Father, 
a  sacrifice  of  praise  and  of  prayer:  accept  it  on  behalf  of 
the  souls  we  commemorate  this  day,  and  let  them  pass 
from  death  to  life. 

Here  make  an  offering  also  of  your  own  death  and  suffer 
ings  in  union  with  the  holy  sacrifice,  thus: 

O  my  God,  I  offer  Thee  also  the  hour  of  my  death 
and  all  the  pains  I  am  destined  to  suffer  from  this  moment 


346  A  Mode  of  Hearing  Mass 

until  my  last  breath,  for  Thy  glory,  and  in  union  with 
the  bitter  pains  of  Jesus'  Passion  and  death. 

/T\AY  the  most  just,  most  high,  and  most  adorable 
•  --  will  of  God  be  done  in  all  things,  be  praised  and 
magnified  for  ever. 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  a  day. — Pius  VII.,  May  19,  1818. 

/^VMNIPOTENT  Lord! 'Who  dost  permit  evil  that 
^-^  good  may  spring  from  it,  listen  to  the  humble 
prayers,  by  which  we  ask  of  Thee  the  grace  of  remain 
ing  faithful  to  Thee,  even  unto  death.  Grant  us  also, 
through  the  intercession  of  Mary  ever  blessed,  that  we 
may  always  conform  ourselves  to  Thy  most  holy  will. 

SECRET. 

AVE  mercy,  we  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord,  on  the 
souls  of  Thy  servants  (name  them),  for  whom 
we  offer  this  Victim  of  praise,  humbly  beseeching  Thy 
majesty  that  by  this  sacrifice  they  may  arrive  at  rest 
eternal,  through  Jesus  Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

PREFACE. 

is  truly  just  and  salutary,  to  return  Thee  thanks 
at  all  times,  and  in  all  places,  O  almighty  Father, 
eternal  God.  Through  Jesus  Christ  our  Lord,  and 
through  His  merits,  we  hope  for  a  glorious  resurrection; 
so  that  if  the  sentence  of  death  alarm  and  deject,  the 
promise  of  immortality  consoles  and  animates  us;  for 
to  Thy  faithful  servants  death  is  only  a  passage  from 
this  life  to  a  better  one.  Therefore  we  unite  with  all 
the  blessed  citizens  of  the  heavenly  country  in  singing 
a  hymn  to  Thy  glory,  and  saying  without  ceasing :  Holy, 
holy,  holy,  Lord  God  of  Sabaoth:  heaven  and  earth 
are  full  of  Thy  glory.  Blessed  is  He  that  cometh  in  the 
name  of  the  Lord;  His  blood  pleads  for  pardon,  and 
His  voice  rises  ever  to  the  throne  of  mercy  in  behalf 
of  the  faithful.  Amen. 


For  the  Faithful  Departed.  347 


THE   CANON. 

'E  therefore  suppliantly  beseech  Thee,  O  Father 
of  mercies,  through  Jesus  Christ,  Thy  Son,  Our 
Lord,  graciously  to  accept  and  bless  this  holy  sacrifice 
which  we  offer  Thee  for  the  peace  and  prosperity  of 
the  holy  Catholic  Church,  for  Thy  servant,  our  father, 
Pope  N.,  for  our  bishop  and  clergy,  and  for  all  Thy 
faithful  Catholic  people:  for  the  living,  that  they  may 
prepare  for  death;  and  for  the  dead,  that  they  may 
obtain  eternal  rest. 

recommend  to  Thee,  O  Lord,  the  souls  of  Thy 
servants  N.N.,  and  as,  in  mercy  to  them,  Thou 
didst  become  man,  so  now  vouchsafe  to  admit  them  into 
the  number  of  the  blessed.  Remember,  O  Lord,  that 
the  souls  for  whom  we  pray  are  Thy  creatures,  not  made 
by  strange  gods,  but  by  Thee,  the  only  true  and  living 
God,  for  there  is  no  other  God  but  Thee;  none  that  can 
work  wonders  like  unto  Thine. 

Let  their  souls  find  comfort  and  mercy  in  Thy  sight, 
and  remember  not  their  former  sins,  nor  any  of  those 
faults  they  may  have  fallen  into  through  human  frailty, 
or  the  violence  of  temptation;  for  though  they  sinned, 
they  still  retained  a  true  faith  in  Thee,  O  Holy  Trinity, 
Father,  Son,  and  Holy  Ghost,  and  a  lively  zeal  for  Thy 
honor;  they  faithfully  adored  Thee  and  died  in  favor 
with  Thee,  O  divine  Lord,  as  well  as  in  peace  and 
charity  with  all  mankind. 

Remember  not,  O  Lord,  we  beseech  Thee,  the  sins 
and  ignorance  of  their  youth,  but  according  to  Thy 
great  mercy,  be  mindful  of  them  in  Thy  glory.  May 
the  heavens  be  now  opened  to  receive  them.  May  the 
archangel  St.  Michael,  chief  of  the  heavenly  host,  con 
duct  them.  May  the  holy  angels  of  God  meet  and 
accompany  them  into  the  city  of  the  heavenly  Jerusalem. 
May  blessed  Peter,  the  apostle  to  whom  were  given  the 


348  A  Mode  of  Hearing  Mass 

keys  of  heaven,  receive  them.  May  holy  Paul,  the 
apostle  who  was  a  vessel  of  election,  help  them.  May 
St.  John,  the  beloved  disciple  to  whom  God  revealed 
the  secrets  of  heaven,  intercede  for  them.  May  all  the 
holy  apostles,  to  whom  was  given  the  power  of  binding 
and  loosing,  pray  for  them.  May  all  the  blessed  and 
chosen  servants  of  God  intercede  for  them,  that  being 
delivered  from  present  confinement  and  suffering,  they 
may  be  admitted  into  the  kingdom  of  heaven,  through 
the  assistance  and  merits  of  Our  Lord  and  Saviour  Jesus 
Christ,  Who  livest,  etc. 

And  now,  all-powerful  God,  at  this  awful  moment, 
when,  by  the  words  of  consecration,  Thy  divine  Son  is 
actually  present,  I  offer  up  to  Thee  thi-s  same  beloved 
Son,  Who  died  for  mankind.  I  humbly  entreat  Thee, 
through  the  infinite  merits  of  His  death,  to  show  com 
passion  and  mercy  to  the  souls  for  whose  repose  the  holy 
sacrifice  is  this  day  offered. 

AT   THE   ELEVATION. 

AIL!  most  blessed  Jesus,* eternal  Son  of  the  most 
high  God!  Oh,  deign  to  be  merciful  to  those  for 
whom  we  pray ;  Thou  Who  didst  expire  on  the  cross  for 
their  sake,  give  rest  to  their  souls. 

AIL!  sacred  blood,  that  flowed  for  the  sins  of  the 
world;  wash  away  whatever  stains  may  render 
Thy  servants  unfit  to  be  admitted  into  heaven.  O 
good  and  merciful  God,  look  on  the  face  of  Thy  Christ, 
in  Whom  Thou  art  always  well  pleased,  and  permit  the 
souls  for  which  He  suffered  to  rest  eternally  in  Thy 
divine  presence. 

AFTER   THE   ELEVATION. 

"T-tORD  Jesus  Christ,  we  earnestly  entreat  Thee  by 
«-*—*  Thy  bitter  agony  and  prayer  in  the  garden  to 


For  the  Faithful  Departed.  349 

become  an  advocate  with  Thy  eternal  Father  on  behalf 
of  Thy  servants  N.N.  Lay  before  Him,  we  conjure 
Thee,  all  those  drops  of  blood  which  in  Thy  anguish  of 
spirit  flowed  from  Thy  sacred  body,  and  offer  them  as 
a  sacrifice  of  atonement,  that  thereby  the  souls  of  N.N. 
may  be  discharged  from  all  the  punishment  still  due  to 
divine  Justice  for  their  sins. 


Jesus,  Who  wast  pleased  to  suffer  death  on 
the  cross  for  the  redemption  of  mankind,  we 
humbly  beseech  Thee  to  offer  up  all  the  anguish  and  pain 
which  Thou  didst  endure,  especially  at  the  moment  of 
Thy  death,  on  behalf  of  Thy  servants,  that  Thy  precious 
merits  may  be  accepted  for  the  repose  of  their  souls. 


God  almighty,  I  beseech  Thee,  by  the  pre- 
cious  body  and  blood  of  Thy  divine  Son  Jesus, 
wrhich  He  gave  with  His  own  hand  upon  the  eve  of  His 
Passion  to  His  beloved  apostles  to  be  their  meat  and 
drink,  and  which  He  left  to  His  whole  Church  to  be  a 
perpetual  sacrifice  and  life-giving  food  of  His  own  faith 
ful  people,  deliver  the  souls  in  purgatory,  and  espe 
cially  that  one  which  was  most  devoted  to  this  mystery 
of  infinite  love;  that,  with  .Thy  divine  Son,  and  with 
Thy  Holy  Spirit,  it  may  ever  praise  Thee  for  this  Thy 
wondrous  love  in  Thy  eternal  glory.  Amen. 

*T~^ORD  God  almighty,  I  beseech  Thee,  by  the  pre- 
^—*  cious  blood  which  Thy  divine  Son  shed  on  the 
cross  from  His  most  sacred  hands  and  feet,  deliver  the 
souls  in  purgatory,  and  especially  that  soul  for  which  I 
am  most  bound  to  pray;  that  the  blame  rest  not  with 
me  that  Thou  bringest  it  not  forthwith  to  praise  Thee 
in  Thy  glory  and  to  bless  Thee  forever.  Amen. 

"ylORD  God  almighty,  I  beseech  Thee,  by  the  pre- 
*•*""*  cious  blood,  which  gushed  forth  from  the  side 
of  Thy  divine  Son  Jesus,  in  the  sight  and  to  the  extreme 


350  A  Mode  of  Hearing  Mass 

pain  of  His  most  holy  Mother,  deliver  the  souls  in  pur 
gatory,  and  especially  that  one  amongst  them,  which 
was  ever  the  most  devout  to  our  blessed  Lady;  that  it 
may  soon  attain  unto  Thy  glory,  there  to  praise  Thee 
in  her,  and  her  in  Thee,  world  without  end.  Amen. 

Have  mercy,  also,  O  Lord,  in  a  particular  manner 
upon  all  the  souls  in  purgatory,  who  once  belonged  to 
this  House,  and  upon  all  who  were  members  of  our 
Congregation. 

Eternal  rest  give  unto  them,  O  Lord,  and  let  per 
petual  light  shine  upon  them.  Amen. 

PATER   NOSTER. 

O  DIVINE  Jesus!  at  Whose  name  every  knee  doth 
bend,  in  heaven,  on  earth,  and  in  hell!  Sovereign 
Judge  of  the  living  and  the  dead!  may  Thy  name  be 
honored  by  the  deliverance  of  the  souls  for  whom  we 
pray.  May  the  gates  of  heaven  be  open  to  receive 
them,  and  may  Thy  will,  which  desires  the  salvation  of 
all  men,  be  this  day  perfectly  done  in  their  regard. 
Grant  that,  after  having  been  fed  on  the  bread  of  sor 
row,  they  may  be  fed  with  the  living  Bread  of  heaven 
in  the  possession  of  Thyself.  We  implore  Thy  forgive 
ness  of  the  sins  of  our  parents,  friends,  and  benefactors, 
particularly  of  the  sins  to  which  we  unhappily  have  been 
accessory.  Preserve  us  from  those  avenging  flames, 
which  we  have  but  too  well  merited  by  our  repeated 
abuse  of  grace,  our  tepidity  in  Thy  service,  and  our  neg 
ligence  in  resisting  temptation.  Deliver  us  from  sin,  the 
greatest  of  all  evils,  and  enable  us  to  feel  and  under 
stand  that  it  is  a  dreadful  thing  to  fall  into  the  hands 
of  the  living  God.  Amen. 

AT   THE   AGNUS   DEI. 

AMB  of  God,  Who  takest  away  the    sins  of    the 
world,   grant  them   rest.      Lamb   of  God, 


For  the  Faithful  Departed.  35 1 

takest  away  the  sins  of  the  world,  grant  them  rest.  Lamb 
of  God,  Who  takest  away  the  sins  of  the  world,  grant 
them  everlasting  rest. 

AT   THE   COMMUNION. 

I  MOST  ardently  desire,  O  my  adorable  Saviour, 
that  Thou  wouldst  honor  this  day  the  dwelling  of 
my  heart  by  Thy  divine  presence.  With  what  confi 
dence  could  I  then  implore  rest  and  eternal  peace  for 
the  suffering  souls  of  purgatory  whom  Thou  lovest, 
though  Thy  justice  forces  Thee  to  banish  them  for  a 
time  from  their  heavenly  inheritance.  Look,  neverthe 
less,  O  merciful  Redeemer,  on  the  work  of  Thy  hands; 
hasten  the  happy  hour  of  their  deliverance.  Grant  me 
the  graces  of  a  spiritual  communion,  that  I  may  sub 
missively  accept  and  patiently  bear  all  that  is  disagree 
able  and  painful  to  inclination,  and  thus  avert  a  long 
separation  from  Thee  after  the  close  of  my  mortal  life. 
Amen. 

POST-COMMUNION. 

RANT,  we  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord,  that  our 
humble  prayers  on  behalf  of  the  souls  of  Thy 
servants,  both  men  and  women,  may  be  profitable  to 
them ;  so  that  Thou  mayest  deliver  them  from  all  punish 
ment  due  to  their  sins,  and  make  them  partakers  of 
the  redemption  Thou  hast  purchased  for  them.  Who 
livest,  etc. 

AT  THE  LAST  "GOSPEL. 

Y  now  the  bright  company  of  angels  meet  your 
souls,  O  departed  servants  of  the  Lord;  may 
the  holy  apostles  receive  you;  may  the  triumphant 
army  of  glorious  martyrs,  confessors,  and  virgins  wel 
come  you;  and  may  peace  and  joy  be  your  portion  for 
ever  in  the  company  of  all  the  saints.  May  you  behold 


352  Mode  of  Hearing  Mass  in  Honor 

this  day  your  blessed  Redeemer  face  to  face  in  the  gar 
den  of  paradise,  and  rejoice  forever  in  the  Beatific  Vision 
— the  happiness  of  the  elect. 

A   PRAYER   AFTER   MASS. 

'ND  now,  O  God,  having  recommended  to  Thy 
mercy  the  souls  of  Thy  departed  servants,  grant 
we  may  ever  remember  that  we  are  most  certainly  to 
follow  them.  Give  us  grace  to  prepare  for  our  last  hour 
by  a  good  life,  that  so  death,  however  sudden  it  may  be, 
may  not  find  us  unworthy  of  admittance  into  eternal 
glory.  Open  likewise  the  eyes,  and  soften  the  hearts* 
of  all  sinners;  inspire  them,  we  humbly  beseech  Thee, 
with  a  true  sense  of  their  dreadful  danger,  that  by  a 
timely  consideration  of  the  uncertainty  of  life,  and  the 
certainty  of  death,  they  may  be  sincerely  converted, 
and,  obtaining  pardon  for  their  sins  in  this  life,  be  happy 
with  Thee  forever  in  the  next.  Amen. 


ot  Ifoearfna  /IDass  in  fxmor  ot  tfoe 
Blessed 


I 


N  the  name  of  the  Father,  and  of  the  Son,  and  of 
the  Holy  Ghost.     Amen. 


A   PRAYER   BEFORE   MASS. 


OMY  God,  I  humbly- prostrate  myself  before  Thee, 
to  assist  at  the  holy  sacrifice  of  the  Mass,  and  to 
adore  my  sovereign  Lord  in  the  great  mystery  of  the 
Passion  and  death  of  Thy  holy  Son.  I  praise  and 
glorify  Thee  in  union  with  the  holy  and  immaculate 
Virgin  Mary,  whom  Thou  hast  sanctified  and  preserved 
from  all  stain  of  original  sin,  and  hast  ordained  to  be 
the  Mother  of  Thy  only-begotten  Son,  my  Lord  and 


of  the  Blessed   Virgin  Mary.  353 

Redeemer.  Grant  that  I  and  all  these  faithful  here 
present  may  assist  at  the  celebration  of  this  mystery  of 
love  with  humility  and  purity  of  heart,  with  that  rever 
ence,  fervor,  and  devotion  with  which  Mary,  the  blessed 
Mother  of  Jesus  Christ,  prayed  to  Thee  during  the 
many  years  she  remained  in  the  Temple;  but  particu 
larly  when  she  received  the  message  of  the  angel,  who, 
in  Thy  name,  saluted  her— "full  of  grace,  and  blessed 
amongst  women." 

O  holy  Mary,  Mother  of  God,  and  Queen  of  heaven 
and  earth!  to  thee  we,  poor  banished  children  of  Eve, 
have  recourse.  I  intend  to  assist  at  this  holy  sacrifice 
in  thanksgiving  to  God  the  Father,  for  having .  predes 
tined  thee  His  chosen  daughter;  to  the  eternal  Son 
for  having  made  thee  His  beloved  Mother;  to  the  Holy 
Ghost  for  having  sanctified  thee  His  cherished  spouse. 
Pray  for  me  and  for  all  thy  servants.  Obtain  that  I 
may  participate  in  the  fruits  of  the  Passion  and  death 
ot  thy  beloved  Son,  Our  Lord,  and  Redeemer,  on  Whose 
mysteries  I  am  going  to  meditate  during  this  holy  sacri 
fice  of  the  Mass.  Amen. 

O  Mary,  refuge  of  sinners,  conceived  without  sin, 
pray  for  us  who  have  recourse  to  thee! 

AT   THE   BEGINNING   OF   MASS. 

O  INFINITE  Creator  and  merciful  God!  Thou 
hast  been  pleased,  by  the  incarnation  of  Thy 
only-begotten  Son,  to  repair  the  losses  caused  by  the 
disobedience  of  our  first  parents;  Thou  didst  send  the 
angel  Gabriel  to  that  chosen  maid  who,  by  becoming 
the  Mother  of  the  Redeemer,  crushed  the  infernal  ser 
pent's  head,  and  brought  salvation  to  all  mankind.  Do 
Thou,  O  Lord,  Who  displayed  Thy  infinite  power  in 
forgiving  and  showing  mercy  to  poor  sinners,  give  ear 
to  our  humble  prayers,  and  grant  that  we,  who  firmly 
believe  that  Thy  eternal  Son  became  man  in  the  chaste 


354  Mode  of  Hearing  Mass  in  Honor 

womb  of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  and  that  she  is,  there 
fore,  truly  the  Mother  of  God,  may  be  helped  by  her 
prayers.  I  adore  Thee,  O  my  God,  in  this  profound 
mystery,  the  fruits  whereof  were  first  felt  by  the  pre 
cursor,  who,  at  the  words  of  Mary's  salutation  to  St. 
Elizabeth,  was  sanctified  in  his  mother's  womb.  Let 
us  give  praise  to  God,  for  He  is  good,  and  His  mercy 
endureth  for  ever.  My  sou.1  doth  magnify  the  Lord ;  my 
spirit  rejoiceth  in  God  my  Saviour.  But  I  am  unworthy, 
O  Lord,  of  Thy  favors.  How  can  I  dare  to  appear 
before  Thee,  O  my  God? 

I  confess  to  almighty  God,  to  the  blessed  and  immacu 
late  Mary,  ever  virgin,  to  St.  Michael  the  archangel, 
to  John  the  Baptist,  to  the  holy  apostles  Peter  and 
Paul,  and  to  all  the  saints,  that  I  have  sinned  in  thought, 
word,  and  deed,  through  my  fault,  through  my  fault, 
through  my  most  grievous  fault.  Therefore  I  beseech 
the  blessed  and  immaculate  Mary,  ever  virgin,  blessed 
Michael  the  archangel,  blessed  John  the  Baptist,  the 
holy  apostles  Peter  and  Paul,  and  all  the  saints,  to  pray 
to  the  Lord  our  God  for  me. 

May  the  almighty  God  have  mercy  on  me,  forgive 
me  my  sins,  and  bring  me  to  everlasting  life.  Amen. 

May  the  almighty  and  merciful  Lord  grant  me  par 
don,  absolution,  and  remission  of  all  my  sins.  Amen. 

To  thee,  O  merciful  Queen  of  heaven  and  earth,  I 
have  recourse.  It  has  never  been  heard  of  that  any 
one  invoked  thee  and  was  forsaken.  Plead  for  me 
before  thy  divine  Son  and  obtain  for  me  the  pardon  of 
my  sins. 

AT   THE   INTROIT. 

AIL,  holy  Mother,  who  didst  bring  forth  the  King 
who  reigns  over  heaven  and  earth  forever! 
Hail,  Mary,  full  of  grace!  the  Lord  is  with  thee; 
blessed  art  thou  amongst  women,  and  blessed  is  the 


of  the  Blessed   Virgin  Mary.  355 

fruit  of  thy  womb,  Jesus.  Holy  Mary,  Mother  of  God, 
pray  for  us  sinners,  now  and  at  the  hour  of  our  death. 
Amen. 

AT   THE   KYRIE   ELEISON. 

LORD,  have  mercy  on  me!   O  Jesus,  have  mercy 
on   me!    O   Lord  Jesus,   have  mercy  on  me,  a 
sinner! 

O  Mary,  refuge  of  sinners,  pray  for  me! 

AT   THE   GLORIA  IN   EXCELSIS. 

RY  be  to  God  on  high,  and  peace  on  earth  to 
men  of  good- will.  O  my  God,  I  unite  my 
praises  with  those  which  the  heavenly  spirits  sang  to 
Thee  on  that  night,  when  Thy  beloved  Son,  made  man, 
was  born  of  the  Virgin  Mary  in  the  stable  of  Bethlehem. 
My  heart  is  full  of  gladness,  because  for  my  salvation 
the  Word  of  God  was  made  man,  and  dwelt  among  men. 
Glory,  praise,  and  adoration  be  to  God  the  Father,  to 
God  the  Son,  and  to  God  the  Holy  Ghost;  three  Per 
sons  in  one  God.  O  holy  Virgin  Mary,  thou  art  the 
glorious  Mother  of  my  Redeemer.  Remember  the  joy 
thy  immaculate  and  maternal  heart  did  feel  when  for 
the  first  time  thou  didst  behold,  adore,  and  embrace 
thy  God  and  thy  infant  Son  in  the  stable  of  Bethlehem. 
O  blessed  Mother  of  God,  pray  to  thy  Son,  that  I  may 
be  made  partaker  of  the  joy  of  heaven.  Amen. 

COLLECT    OF    THE    BLESSED    VIRGIN. — FROM    THE    VOTIVE 
MASS   OF   THE    BLESSED   VIRGIN    MARY. 

Let  us  pray. 

ANT,  we  beseech   Thee,  O  Lord   God,  that   we 
Thy    servants    may   enjoy    perpetual    health   of 
mind  and  body;   and  by  the  glorious  intercession  of  the 


356  Mode  of  Hearing  Mass  in  Honor 

blessed  Mary,  ever  virgin,  may  be  delivered  from  pres 
ent  sadness  and  enjoy  eternal  gladness.  Through  Our 
Lord  Jesus  Christ,  etc. 


FOR   THE   CHURCH. 


rr\ERCIFULLY  hear,  O  Lord,  the  prayers  of  Thy 
•^  •  Church,  that  all  opposition  and  error  being  re 
moved,  she  may  serve  Thee  with  undisturbed  devotion. 

FOR   THE   POPE. 

r\  LORD  God,  the  Pastor  and  Ruler  of  all  the  faith 
ful,  look  down  on  Thy  servant  N.,  whom  Thou 
hast  appointed  pastor  over  Thy  Church,  and  grant,  we 
beseech  Thee,  that  he  may  edify,  both  by  word  and 
example,  those  who  are  under  his  charge,  and  that  with 
the  flock  entrusted  to  him  he  may  arrive  at  eternal  hap 
piness.  Through  Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

AT   THE   EPISTLE. 

r\  ALMIGHTY  and  merciful  God,  Who  never 
V-^  ceasest  to  direct  our  hearts  to  the  knowledge  of 
Thy  law,  to  instruct  us  through  the  ministry  of  Thy  holy 
Church,  grant  that  we  may  faithfully  attend  to  the 
lessons  of  salvation  which  Thou  givest  us.  May  Thy 
holy  word  fructify  in  the  soil  of  our  hearts;  may  our 
souls  be  guided  by  Thy  holy  law  and  directed  to  the 
possession  of  Thee.  O  God,  have  mercy  on  us,  and 
bring  us  to  Thee,  as  by  the  appearance  of  a  miraculous 
star  Thou  didst  bring  the  Wise  Men  to  the  stable  of 
Bethlehem,  where  they  found  and  adored  the  Saviour 
in  the  arms  of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  His  holy  Mother, 
and  offered  Him,  with  their  hearts,  their  mysterious 
presents.  O  blessed  Mary,  obtain  for  us  the  grace  to 
follow  the  inspirations  of  the  Holy  Ghost,  and  amid 


of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary.  357 

the  perils  that  beset  our  path  in  this  world,  to  direct 
our  steps  in  the  way  of  salvation.  O  Mary,  guide  us  to 
Jesus, 

.     .     .     by  the  light  of  thee, 
Bright  Star  of  the  Sea! 

AT   THE    GOSPEL. 

|Y  dear  Redeemer,  I  give  Thee  thanks  for  the 
inestimable  favor  Thou  hast  bestowed  upon  me, 
by  calling  me  to  the  knowledge  of  Thy  holy  Gospel, 
and  making  me  a  child  of  the  one  holy  Catholic  and 
Apostolic  Church.  I  believe  and  confess  all  and  each 
of  the  articles  of  faith  which  Thou  hast  revealed  to  Thy 
Church,  and  which  the  same  Church  proposes  and 
teaches.  I  am  ready,  if  it  be  Thy  will,  to  shed  the  last 
drop  of  my  blood  for  my  faith.  I  return  Thee  thanks 
for  that  love  which  prompted  Thee  to  leave  to  Thy 
Church  in  the  Holy  Sacrament  of  the  Altar  Thy  body 
and  blood,  Thy  soul  and  divinity.  I  believe,  O  Lord, 
that  Thou  art  really  present  in  the  Holy  Eucharist.  When 
with  the  eyes  of  faith  I  see  my  Lord  upon  the  altar,  I 
can  say:  "Now,  O  Lord,  let  Thy  servant  depart  in 
peace,  for  my  eyes  have  seen  Thy  salvation."  O  sweet 
Mary,  thou  didst  bring  thy  holy  Son  to  the  Temple,  and 
didst  offer  Him  to  the  eternal  Father.  The  holy  man 
Simeon  received  Jesus,  in  his  arms  from  thy  hands.  Oh, 
bring  my  Saviour  into  my  poor  heart,  that  I  may  love 
nothing  else  but  Hftn  and  thee.  Amen. 

AT  THE   OFFERTORY. 

OHOLY  Father,  almighty  and  eternal   God,  accept 
from  the  hands  of  Thy  minister  the  unspotted 
Host  which  he  offers  Thee  in  the  name  of  the  Church, 
for  the  honor,  glory,  and  adoration  of  Thy  divine  Majesty, 
in  memory  of  the  nativity,  life,  sufferings,  death,  Resur- 


358  Mode  of  Hearing  Alass  in  Honor 

rection,  and  Ascension  of  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  and  in 
honor  of  the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  and  of  all  the  saints. 
In  the  spirit  of  humility  and  contrition  of  heart  I  now 
offer  to  Thee,  O  Lord,  this  bread  and  wine,  which, 
through  the  words  of  benediction,  which  Christ  our 
Lord  instituted  at  the  Last  Supper,  will  be  changed  into 
the  body  and  blood  of  Thy  divine  Son,  our  Saviour. 
Come,  O  almighty  and  eternal  God,  the  Sanctifier,  and 
bless  this  sacrifice  prepared  for  the  praise  and  glory 
of  Thy  holy  name.  Receive,  O  Lord,  this  sacrifice  to 
the  praise  and  glory  of  Thy  infinite  Majesty,  to  our 
benefit,  and  to  that  of  the  whole  Church,  and  also  to  the 
honor  of  the  blessed  Mother  of  Jesus  Christ,  that  she 
may  vouchsafe  to  intercede  for  us  in  heaven  whose  mem 
ory  we  celebrate  on  earth.  Through  Christ  our  Lord. 
Amen. 

O  merciful  God,  direct  and  assist  me  in  the  dangers 
of  this  life,  as  Thou  didst  direct  Mary,  the  blessed 
Mother  of  Jesus,  and  her  pure  spouse,  St.  Joseph,  in 
their  flight  into  Egypt.  O  Lord,  save  Thy  servants, 
who  repose  all  their  confidence  in  Thee,  and  who  honor 
Thy  blessed  Mother. 

SECRET. 

/T\AY  this  oblation  procure  us  peace  and  happiness 
^*  •  here  and  hereafter,  through  the  intercession  of 
the  Blessed  Virgin  Mary. 

FOR  THE   CHURCH. 

"g>ROTECT  us,  O   Lord,  while  we  assist    at  Thy 

**"-      sacred   mysteries,  that   being  employed    in  acts 

of  religion  we  may  serve  Thee  both  in  body  and 
mind. 


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FOR   THE    POPE. 

BE  appeased,  O   Lord,  with   the  offering  we   have 
•made,    and  cease  not   to   protect   Thy  servant, 
N.,  whom  Thou  hast  been  pleased  to  appoint  pastor 
over  Thy  Church.     Through  Christ  our  Lord.     Amen. 

AT   THE   PREFACE. 

IT  is  truly  meet,  and  just,  and  right,  and  available  to 
salvation,  that  we  should  always,  and  in  all  places, 
give  thanks  to  Thee,  O  holy  Lord,  Father  almighty, 
eternal  God,  a'nd  bless  and  glorify  Thee,  on  the  venera 
tion  *  of  the  blessed  Mary,  ever  virgin,  who,  by  the  over 
shadowing  of  the  Holy  Ghost,  conceived  Thy  only- 
begotten  Son,  and,  her  virginity  still  remaining,  brought 
forth  the  eternal  Light  of  the  world,  Jesus  Christ  our 
Lord.  By  whom  the  angels  praise  Thy  Majesty,  the 
dominations  adore  it,  the  powers  tremble  before  it,  the 
heavens,  the  heavenly  virtues  and  blessed  seraphim 
with  common  jubilee,  glorify  it.  Together  with  whom 
we  beseech  Thee  that  we  may  be  admitted  to  join  our 
humble  voices,  saying: 

Holy,  holy,  holy,  Lord  God  of  Sabaoth;  the  heavens 
and  the  earth  are  full  of  Thy  glory.  Hosanna  in  the 
highest.  Blessed  is  he  that  cometh  in  the  name  of  the 
Lord.  Hosanna  in  the  highest. 

AT   THE   CANON. 

f\  ALMIGHTY  God,  Thy  beloved  Son  and  my 
^^  Lord  Jesus  Christ  has  commanded  me,  by  His 
word  and  example,  to  be  always  occupied  with  the 
things  that  are  Thine.  It  was  in  the  Temple  that  His 
blessed  Mother  and  St.  Joseph  found  Him  on  the  third 
day  after  His  departure  from  them.  Grant  that  I  may 

*  Name  the  particular  festival. 


360  Mode  of  Hearing  Mass  in  Honor 

never  depart  from  Thee  by  sin.  But  if  I  ever  have 
the  misfortune  of  forfeiting  Thy  holy  grace,  1  will  sue 
again  for  mercy  in  the  Sacrament  of  Penance.  Pray 
for  me,  O  glorious  Mother  of  God,  and  be  my  advocate 
before  thy  Son.  At  thy  suggestion  He  changed,  in  Cana 
of  Galilee,  water  into  wine;  beg  of  Him  to  change  my 
heart  too,  to  purify  and  sanctify  it,  that  it  may  be  worthy 
of  Him  for  ever. 

0  my   God,   when   Mary  pronounced   these  words: 
"Behold  the  handmaid  of  the  Lord,  be  it  done  unto  me 
according  to  thy  word,"  Thy  only-begotten  Son  became 
incarnate  in  her  womb.     In  like  manner  at  the  words 
of  consecration,  which  are  about  to  be  pronounced  by 
Thy  minister,  the  same  Jesus  Christ,  Thy  Son,  descends 
on  our  altars,  and  miraculously  changes  the  substance 
of  bread  and  wine  into  His  body  and  blood,  soul  and 
divinity.     I  humbly  adore  Thee,  O  loving  Saviour,  in 
this  mystery  of  Thy  love.    Through  that  divine  charity 
which  moved  Thee  to  utter  those  consoling  words  a 
few  moments  before  the  institution  of  this  Sacrament: 
"With  desire  I  have   desired   to   eat   this  pasch  with 
you  before  I  suffer,"  I  beg  of  Thee  to  have  mercy  on 
me,  and  to  forgive  me  my  sins.     Help  me  in  my  necessi 
ties,  strengthen  me  against  the  enemies  of  my  soul,  and 
grant  me  the  grace  I  stand  in  need  of  to  secure  my 
eternal  salvation. 

1  pray  to  Thee  also,  O  Lord,  for  Thy  holy  Church, 
for  our  holy  father  the  Pope,  for  our  bishops,  and  all 
pastors  of  souls;   for  our  Superior  and  for  all  the  mem 
bers  of  our  Order,  for  my  parents,  relatives,  benefac 
tors,    friends,    and    enemies.     Grant    Thy    particular 
blessings  to  the  pious  clients  of  Thy  blessed  Mother. 
Bless  the  poor,  the  sick,  and  those  who  are  in  their 
agony.     Have  mercy  on  those  who  have  recommended 
themselves  to  my  prayers,  who  pray  for  me,  and  finally 
on  all  those  for  whom  I  am  in  justice  or  charity  bound 
to   pray.     Grant   peace   and   concord   to   all   Christian 


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princes  and  people.  Convert  poor  sinners,  enlighten 
infidels,  and  bring  back  heretics  from  the  ways  of  error. 
May  all  Ue  united  in  one  fold,  under  one  Shepherd. 
Jesus  Christ,  the  true  Pastor  of  our  souls. 

Holy  Mary,  thy  divine  Son  now  comes  upon  the 
altar.  Present  to  Him  my  lowly  adoration.  O  my 
Jesus,  come;  come,  my  Saviour.  Receive  the  prayers 
I  offer  Thee  through  the  hands  of  Thy  blessed  Mother. 
Come,  O  Lord  Jesus.  With  the  angels,  who  are  prostrate 
before  the  altar,  I  exclaim:  Holy,  holy,  holy,  Hosanna 
to  Him  that  cometh  from  the  highest  heavens— ever 
blessed  be  His  name! 

AT    THE    ELEVATION    OF   THE   HOST. 

JESUS  Christ,  Thou  art  the  true  Son  of  God.      I 
adore  Thee  in  this  holy  Sacrament.      Be  Thou 
propitious  to  me  and  forgive  me  my  sins. 

AT  THE   ELEVATION   OF   THE   CHALICE. 

O  ADORABLE  blood,  which  Jesus,  the  true  Son 
of  God  and  true  Son  of  Mary,  has  shed  for  me 
on  the  cross!  I  adore  Thee,  O  my  Redeemer,  and  I 
hide  myself  in  Thy  sacred  wounds,  from  which  the 
price  of  my  redemption  flowed.  O  Jesus,  grant  that  I 
may  live  for  Thee  and  die  for  Thee.  Help,  O  Lord, 
Thy  servants  whom  Thou  hast  redeemed  with  Thy 
precious  blood. 


O 


AFTER   THE    ELEVATION. 

An  Act  of  Adoration. 

MERCIFUL  Father,  look  down  from  Thy 
heavenly  throne  on  the  holy  and  immaculate 
Victim  now  reposing  on  this  altar.  Thou  hast  given 
us  Thy  only  Son,  and  with  Him  and  through  Him  Thou 
hast  bestowed  on  us  all  the  treasures  of  Thy  grace.  In 
this  holy  sacrifice  Thou  hast  furnished  us  with  the  means 


362  Mode  of  Hearing  Mass  in  Honor 

of  offering  Thee  the  adoration  Thou  deservest.  Jesus 
Christ  here  present  adores  Thee  for  us.  Accept  His 
adoration,  which  is  worthy  of  Thy  sovereign  Majesty 
Ah!  how  happy  am  I  to  have  wherewith  to  discharge 
my  obligation  toward  Thy  divine  Majesty.  This 
oblation  is  infinitely  more  pleasing  in  Thy  sight  than 
those  of  Thy  servant  Abel,  of  Abraham,  the  father  of 
the  faithful,  or  of  Melchisedech,  the  high  priest,  who 
offered  bread  and  wine  as  the  figure  of  the  sacrifice  of 
Thy  Son  Jesus  Christ  our  Lord. 

AN   ACT   OF   THANKSGIVING. 

*7jrCCEPT,  O  most  merciful  God,  the  sacrifice  of 
eJ1-^  Thy  Son  in  thanksgiving  for  all  the  benefits 
Thou  hast  granted  me.  Thou  hast  created  me  to  Thine 
own  image  and  likeness.  Thou  hast  redeemed  me 
with  Thy  Son's  precious  blood.  Thou  hast  called 
me  to  the  true  faith,  and  preserved  me  from  eternal 
death,  which  I  so  often  deserved  for  my  sins.  Thou 
hast  called  me  as  one  of  Thy  favored  children  to  follow 
Thee  more  closely  in  the  way  of  the  evangelical  counsels. 
What  return  shall  I  make  Thee  for  these  and  all  Thy 
favors?  I  offer  Thee  Thy  only  Son,  Who,  before  He 
instituted  this  Most  Holy  Sacrament,  lifted  up  His  eyes, 
and  gave  thanks  to  Thee,  His  Father  almighty.  I 
offer  Him  now  immolated  on  this  altar;  and  thus  I 
make  an  adequate  thanksgiving  for  all  the  blessings 
Thou  hast  bestowed  on  me  and  on  all  mankind. 

AN  ACT   OF  ATONEMENT. 

*7ESUS,  my  Saviour!  By  Thy  Passion  and  death 
eJ  Thou  hast  purchased  for  me  the  rewards  of 
eternal  life,  and  Thou  still  continuest  to  offer  Thyself 
a  holocaust  of  propitiation  in  the  holy  sacrifice  or  the 
Mass.  Therefore,  I  offer  Thee  to  Thy  eternal  Father 


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as  an  atonement  for  my  innumerable  sins.  O  heavenly 
Father,  by  the  sacrifice  of  Thy  Son  Thou  hast  cancelled 
the  handwriting  of  the  decree  which  stood  against  me, 
and  hast  fastened  it  to  the  cross.  No  longer  does  the 
blood  of  calves  or  other  victims  propitiate  Thee  to  peni 
tent  sinners;  Jesus  is  our  atonement.  His  precious 
blood,  like  that  of  Abel,  cries  out  to  Thee  for  mercy. 
Look  on  Thy  divine  Son;  forgive  me  my  sins,  which  I 
detest  from  the  bottom  of  my  heart.  Have  mercy  on 
me  a  sinner;  forgive  me  through  the  merits  of  Jesus 
Christ. 

AN   ACT   OF   SUPPLICATION. 

MY  God,  I  am  unworthy  to  appear  before  Thee. 
I  acknowledge  my  misery  and  poverty.  Thou 
art  the  fountain  of  all  grace,  and  the  source  of  all  good. 
Thy  beloved  Son  has  commanded  me  to  pray  to  Thee, 
and  to  call  Thee  by  the  consoling  name  of  Father.  There 
fore  I  prostrate  myself  with  confidence  before  Thee,  and 
present  to  Thee  my  humble  supplication  through  the 
same  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  Who  makes  intercession  for 
me.  Grant  me  a  lively  faith,  a  firm  and  constant  hope, 
and  an  ardent  charity  toward  Thee  and  my  neighbor. 
Save  my  soul.  Give  ma  strength  to  vanquish  my 
spiritual  enemies.  Grant  me  a  humble  resignation  to 
Thy  holy  will  in  the  adversities  of  this  life;  and,  above 
all,  the  gifts  of  final  perseverance  in  Thy  love  and  ser 
vice.  Through  Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

Have  mercy  also,  O  Lord,  on  the  souls  of  the  faithful 
departed — on  those  of  my  parents,  benefactors,  rela 
tives,  friends,  and  on  all  those  for  whom  I  am  bound  to 
pray.  Remember,  O  Lord,  those  who  while  living  were 
most  devoted  to  Thy  blessed  Mother;  grant  them  all 
rest  from  their  torments,  and  bring  them  to  heaven. 
I  apply  to  the  souls  in  purgatory  the  holy  indulgences 
granted  to  the  faithful  who  assist  at  the  holy  sacrifice  of 
the  Mass,  and  I  intend  to  enter  into  the  dispositions 


364  Mode  of  Hearing  Mass  in  Honor 

necessary  to  gain  them,  through  Thy  grace  and 
mercy. 

Our  Father,  Who  art  in  heaven,  etc. 

O  my  Redeemer!  Thou  hast  commanded  me  by 
word  and  example  to  forgive  my  enemies.  I  forgive 
them  from  the  bottom  of  my  heart  for  the  love  of  Thee. 
Grant  them,  O  Lord,  all  the  graces  and  blessings  that 
are  necessary  for  their  spiritual  and  temporal  welfare. 
Now,  my  Saviour,  as  I  have  done  what  Thou  hast  com 
manded,  do  Thou  fulfil  what  Thou  hast  promised,  and 
forgive  me  my  sins. 

Thou  didst  not  forget  me,  O  sweet  Jesus,  even  in  Thy 
agony.  Before  expiring  on  the  cross  Thou  didst  leave  me 
Thy  sorrowful  and  afflicted  Mother  to  be  my  Mother 
also.  "Behold  thy  Son— behold  thy  Mother."  I  re 
turn  Thee  thanks,  O  my  Saviour,  for  this  inestimable 
favor.  And  thou,  my  tender  Mother,  thou  hast  begotten 
me  at  the  foot  of  the  cross.  I  am  the  child  of  thy  sorrow. 
Take  me  under  thy  protection.  Conduct  me  to  Jesus. 
Teach  me  to  love  Him.  O  Mother,  O  tender  Mother! 
how  happy  am  I  in  the  glorious  privilege  of  being  thy 
child.  O  Mary,  show  that  thou  art  my  Mother. 

AGNUS    DEI. 

AMB  of  God,  Who  takest  away  the    sins  of    the 
world,  have  mercy  on  me.     (Three  times.) 

SPIRITUAL   COMMUNION. 

JESUS!  Thou  hast  given  us  in  the  Holy  Eucharist 
Thy  body  and  blood  to  be  our  spiritual  nourish 
ment,  through  which  we  may  have  life  everlasting. 
Would  that  I  were  worthy  to  receive  Thee  this  day  in 
the  holy  communion!  I  desire,  with  all  my  heart,  to 
receive  the  living  Bread  which  came  down  from 
heaven. 


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O  Lord,  I  am  not  worthy  that  Thou  shouldst  enter 
under  my  roof;  say  but  the  word,  and  my  soul  shall  be 
healed.  (Three  times.)  Let  me  taste,  at  least,  the 
sweetness  of  a  spiritual  communion.  Come  to  me, 
Jesus,  my  Lord,  my  Master.  Come  and  refresh  my 
soul.  Strengthen  me,  that  in  union  with  Thee  I  may 
do  perfectly  the  heavenly  Father's  will.  Let  me  never 
be  separated  from  Thee  by  sin. 

Soul  of  Jesus,  sanctify  me.  Body  of  Jesus,  save  me. 
Blood  of  Jesus,  wash  me.  Water  out  of  the  side  of 
Jesus,  purify  me.  Passion  of  Jesus,  comfort  me.  O 
good  Jesus,  hear  me.  Hide  me  within  Thy  sacred 
wounds.  O  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  receive  me.  O 
immaculate  heart  of  Mary,  plead  for  me,  and  love  me. 

O  sweet  Mother,  obtain  for  me  the  grace  of  receiving 
the  holy  communion  with  worthy  dispositions,  especially 
in  my  last  sickness,  when  I  shall  be  called  to  appear 
before  the  tribunal  of  God,  that,  through  the  merits  of 
my  Saviour's  death  and  Passion,  and  thy  intercession, 
I  may  have  life  everlasting.  Amen. 

AFTER   COMMUNION. 

/T\Y  loving  Saviour,  after  having  suffered  for  three 
^•"•^  hours  the  most  cruel  agony ;  after  having  accom 
plished  all  that  had  been  foretold  of  Thee,  Thou  dids' 
expire  on  the  cross.  All  nature  trembled  at  Thy  death 
The  rocks  were  split  asunder — and  yet,  alas,  my  un 
grateful  heart  is  insensible.  I  have,  by  my  sins,  been 
Thy  heartless  executioner.  O  my  Redeemer,  how 
can  I  dare  to  stand  before  Thee?  But  Thou  did?t 
pardon  the  penitent  thief;  and  this  inspires  me  with 
the  hope  that  Thou  wilt  pardon  me  also,  and  admit  me, 
like  him,  to  the  enjoyment  of  Thy  happy  kingdom. 

O  Mary,  Queen  of  martyrs,  through  the  sorrow  which 
overwhelmed  thy  heart  at  the  foot  of  the  cross,  while 
thou  wert  witnessing  the  last  painful  act  of  Our  Saviour's 


366  Afode  of  Hearing  Mass  in  Honor 

Passion — through  the  anguish  thou  didst  feel  when 
thou  didst  accompany  His  sacred  body  to  the  tomb,  and 
the  desolation  thou  didst  experience  on  thy  return,  I 
beseech  thee  to  obtain  that  His  Passion  and  thy  sorrows 
may  be  ever  engraven  on  my  heart,  that  I  may  never 
cease  to  deplore  my  sins,  which  were  the  cause  of  His 
death  and  of  thy  anguish. 

AT  THE    POST- COMMUNION. 

"Tf^AVING  received,  O  Lord,  what  is  calculated  to 
«•*-»  advance  our  salvation,  grant  that  we  may  be 
always  protected  by  the  patronage  of  the  blessed  Mary, 
ever  virgin,  in  whose  honor  we  have  offered  this  sacrifice 
to  Thy  divine  majesty. 

FOR   THE   CHURCH. 

(C I  ^  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord,  not  to  leave  exposed 
^*^*  to  the  perils  of  human  life  those  whom  Thou 
hast  permitted  to  partake  of  these  mysteries. 

FOR  THE   POPE. 

beseech  Thee,  O  Lord,  that  the  participation  of 
this  Divine  Sacrament  may  protect  us  from  all 
dangers,  and  redound  to  the  safety  and  defence  of  Thy 
servant,  N.,  whom  Thou  hast  appointed  pastor  over  Thy 
Church,  together  with  the  flock  committed  to  his  charge. 
Through  Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

AT    THE    BENEDICTION. 

OLY  and  adorable  Trinity,  Father,  Son,  and  Holy 
Ghost,  to  Thee  be  honor,  praise,  and  glory. 
May  this  blessing,  which  I  humbly  receive  from  the 
hands  of  Thy  minister,  be  an  anticipation  of  that  one 
which  I  trust  Thou  wilt  give  me  after  my  death,  and  on 
the  day  of  judgment.  May  the  blessing  of  God  the 


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Father,  of  God  the  Son,  and  of  God  the  Holy  Ghost 
come  upon  me  now  and  for  evermore.     Amen. 


AT  THE   LAST   GOSPEL. 

MY  God,  I  believe  in  Thee,  I  hope  in  Thee,  and 
I  love  Thee  with  all  my  heart.  May  Thy  holy 
Gospel  be  propagated  throughout  the  world.  Assist 
the  ministers  whom  Thou  hast  appointed  to  carry  the 
light  of  faith  to  unbelievers,  or  to  revive  it  among  luke 
warm  Christians.  Grant  to  all  the  clergy  that  spirit  of 
zeal,  fortitude,  and  knowledge  which  Thou  didst  impart 
to  Thy  holy  apostles  on  the  day  of  Pentecost.  Thou 
hast  commanded  us,  O  Lord,  to  pray  to  the  Lord  of 
the  harvest  that  He  may  send  laborers  to  work  in  His 
vineyard.  Wherefore  I  humbly  beseech  Thee,  Who 
didst  open  the  prophets'  mouths,  and  didst  call  the 
apostles  to  announce  Thy  word,  to  send  us  worthy  pas 
tors,  and  to  grant  that  they  may  edify  the  flock,  destroy 
errors  and  abuses,  root  out  vice,  dispel  ignorance,  and 
establish  Thy  reign  in  the  souls  Thou  hast  redeemed 
with  Thy  blood.  Bless  all  Religious,  that  they  may 
be  faithful  to  their  holy  calling,  and  advance  with  all 
zeal  possible  Thy  kingdom  on  earth.  Reign  Thou,  O 
Christ,  over  all  Religious,  and  over  all  men  by  Thy 
love,  and  inspire  them  all  with  a  love  of  Thy  kingdom 
and  fidelity  in  Thy  services.  O  Word  of  God  made 
flesh,  grant  us  the  grace  that  we  may  be  admitted  to 
the  kingdom  of  Thy  glory.  Amen. 

A   PRAYER  AFTER  MASS. 

I  GIVE    Thee  thanks,  O  my  God,  for  having  per 
mitted  me  to  assist  at  this  holy  sacrifice.     I  hum 
bly  ask  pardon  for  all  the  negligences  and  distractions 
I  may  have  given  way  to.     Eternal  praise  be  given  to 
Thy  holy  name  for  all  the  privileges  bestowed  on  the 


368  Mass  in  Honor  of  the  Blessed  Virgin. 

Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  whom  Thou  didst  preserve  from 
the  stain  of  original  sin,  and  didst  make  worthy  to  be 
the  Mother  of  Our  Redeemer.  Thou  didst  place  her 
on  a  throne  of  glory  to  be  Queen  of  heaven  and  earth. 
I  rejoice  at  her  glory,  because  she  is  the  Mother  of  Jesus, 
and  my  Mother  also.  O  loving  Mother,  protect  thy 
children,  and  conduct  them  to  heaven.  O  holy  Mary, 
succor  the  distressed;  strengthen  the  weak;  comfort  the 
afflicted;  pray  for  the  people;  intercede  for  the  clergy; 
make  supplication  for  devout  women,  and  in  particular 
for  Religious.  May  all  experience  thy  assistance,  re 
joice  in  thy  glory,  and  praise  God  with  thee  for  evermore. 

V.  Pray  for  us,  O  holy  Mother  of  God. 

R.  That  we  may  be  made  worthy  of  the  promises  of 

Christ. 

Let  us  pray. 

fSRANT,  we  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord,  that  we  Thy 
*&  servants  may  enjoy  perpetual  health  of  mind 
and  body;  and,  by  the  glorious  intercession  of  the 
Blessed  Virgin  Mary,  may  be  delivered  from  present 
sorrow  and  attain  to  eternal  joy.  Through  Christ  our 
Lord.  Amen. 

Ejaculations. 

Y  Queen!  my  Mother!  remember  I  am  thine  own. 
Keep  me,  guard  me,  as  thy  property  and  pos 
session. 

Indulgence  of  40  days  each  time.— Pius  IX.,  Aug  5,  1851. 

OMARY,  who  didst  come  into  this  world  free  from 
stain!   obtain  of  God  for  me  that  I  may  leave  it 
without  sin. 
Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  a  day.— Pius  IX.,  March  27,  1863. 


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Bevotions  for  Confession. 

BEFORE   CONFESSION. 

/T\Y  Lord  and  my  God!  Prostrate  before  Thee,  full 
«  •  of  shame  and  confusion,  I  acknowledge  I  have 
broken  my  solemn  promise  to  Thee,  my  loving  Father- 
that  promise  on  account  of  which  Thou  hast  so  often 
forgiven  me  in  the  past. 

O  good  Jesus,  Saviour  of  the  world,  who  gavest  Thy 
self  to  the  death  of  the  cross  to  save  sinners,  look  upon 
me,  a  miserable  sinner,  who  implores  Thy  mercy.  Spare 
me,  Thou  Who  art  my  Saviour,  and  pity  my  sinful  soul; 
loose  its  chains,  heal  its  sores.  Lord  Jesus,  I  earnestly 
desire  to  return  to  Thee,  and  I  am  sorry  with  my  whole 
heart  that  I  have  ever  offended  Thee. 

Help  me  now,  my  dear  heavenly  Father,  for  I  am 
weak,  and  wounded,  and  wretched;  but  I  come  full  of 
confidence  to  Thee,  for  Thou  art  my  strength;  out  of 
Thee  there  is  no  rest,  without  Thee  there  is  no  hope, 
therefore  I  put  my  whole  trust  in  Thee. 

O  my  God,  make  known  to  me  the  wounds  which  sin 
has  made  in  my  soul.  Come  to  my  aid,  O  Lord;  with 
out  Thee  I  can  not  discover  them.  O  eternal  light,  dis 
pel  my  darkness.  Heart  of  Jesus,  enlighten  me;  show 
me  my  faults,  make  known  to  me  my  sins.  Grant  that 
I  may  see  them  all  as  Thou  Thyself  dost  behold  them, 
and  give  me  courage  and  strength  to  lay  them  bare 
without  reserve  and  with  a  truly  contrite  heart. 

O  most  gracious  Virgin  Mary,  beloved  Mother  of 
Jesus  Christ,  my  Redeemer,  intercede  for  me,  that  I 
may  make  a  good  confession.  Obtain  for  me  true 
sorrow  for  my  sins,  that  they  may  be  all  washed  away 
in  the  precious  blood  of  thy  dear  Son  Jesus,  and  a  firm 
purpose  not  to  offend  Him  in  the  future. 


370  Devotions  for  Confession, 


jprapers  to  tbe  Ibolg  (Sbost  JSefore  Confession. 

Veni,   Creator  Spiritiis  and   Veni,  Sancte  Spiritus,  as 
on  pp.  551-553- 

aOME,  Holy   Ghost,   enlighten    my   mind    and    in 
flame  my  heart,  so  that  I   may  confess   my  sins 
worthily,    and,   being   truly   penitent,    may   amend   my 
life,   and  henceforth  serve  Thee  faithfully  and  glorify 
Thee  with  all  the  powers  of  my  soul  and  of  my  body. 
Our  Father,  Hail  Mary. 

To  God  the  Father  glory  be, 
And  to  His  sole-begotten  Son; 

The  same,  O  Holy  Ghost,  to  Thee, 
While  everlasting  ages  run. 

preparatory  pragers. 

DORABLE  Majesty,  God  almighty,  I  believe 
that  Thou  art  here  present.  I  adore  Thee 
and  thank  Thee  for  all  the  benefits  which  I  have  re 
ceived  from  Thee,  particularly  for  having  created  me 
to  Thine  own  image  and  likeness;  for  having  permitted 
me  to  be  born  in  the  bosom  of  the  Catholic  Church 
and  adopted  as  one  of  Thy  children,  in  the  Sacrament  of 
Baptism;  for  having  preserved  me  to  the  present  time 
and  saved  me  from  hell  by  Thy  sufferings  and  death; 
for  having  so  often  washed  me  from  my  sins  in  the 
Sacrament  of  Penance,  and  so  often  fed  me  with  Thy 
body  and  blood  in  the  holy  communion;  for  having 
called  me  to  the  religious  state  by  a  particular  pre 
dilection.  O  my  God,  one  life  is  too  short  to  love  Thee, 
an  eternity  is  too  short  to  thank  Thee  for  so  many  bene 
fits!  O  Holy  Ghost,  Source  of  light,  vouchsafe  to  shed 
a  ray  thereof  upon  my  heart;  come  and  assist  me  to 
know  my  sins;  show  them  to  me,  O  Lord,  as  distinctly 
as  I  shall  know  them  when  I  depart  this  life,  when  I 
shall  have  to  appear  before  Thee  to  be  judged.  Amen. 


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fijamen  for  Confession.* 

"  JJJHOU  shalt  love  the  Lord  thy  God  with  thy  whole 
^*  heart,  and  with  thy  whole  soul,  and  with  thy 
whole  mind.  This  is  the  greatest  and  first  command 
ment.  And  the  second  is  like  to  this:  Thou  shalt  love 
thy  neighbor  as  thyself.  On  these  two  commandments 
dependeth  the  whole  law  and  the  prophets."  (Matt,  xxii.) 

AGAINST   GOD. 

AVE  I  performed  the  penance  enjoined  in  my  last 
confession? 

2.  Have  I  neglected  any  spiritual  duty  through  sloth,  or 
without  leave,  viz.,  Meditation,  Mass,  Communion,  Examen, 
Rosary,  etc.  ? 

3.  Have  I   discharged   those   duties   carelessly  and   with 
wilful  distractions? 

4.  Have  I  yielded  to  diffidence  in  God's  mercy,  and  dejec 
tion  of  mind? 

5.  Have  I  spoken  with  levity  or  disrespect  of  anything 
belonging  to  religion? 

vows. 

1.  * |^  AVE  I  received  or  disposed  of  anything  without 
«•*-&     permission?     Of  what  value? 

2.  If  tempted  against  the  virtue  of  purity  did  I  neglect  to 
pray? 

3.  Have   I    disobeyed   any    order   or   murmured   against 
any  direction? 

4.  Have  I  neglected  or  carelessly  discharged  my  appointed 
duties  in  the  service  of  the  children,  the  sick,  the  poor,  etc.  ? 

AGAINST  MY  NEIGHBOR. 

1.  *np^AVE  I  wilfully  entertained   feelings  of  jealousy, 
r*-b     aversion,  resentment,  or  contempt  ? 

2.  Have  I  held  uncharitable  conversations,  or  been  unkind 
in  act  or  manner? 

*  Consult  the  Index  for  other  Examinations  of  Conscience. 


372  Devotions  for  Confession. 

3.  Have  I  judged  or  suspected  others  rashly? 

4.  Have  I  yielded  to  impatience  or  irritability  in  word  or 
manner? 

5.  Have  I  told  lies? 

AGAINST   MYSELF. 

1.  *T^AVE  I  yielded  to  thoughts  or  feelings  of  vanity, 
r*-&     pride,  or  impatience? 

2.  Have  I  yielded  to  sensuality,  sloth,  or  idleness? 

3.  Have  I  neglected  or  carelessly  done  my  appointed  work  ? 

4.  Have  I  indulged  idle,  useless  thoughts? 

ACT   OF   CONTRITION. 

C\  MY  God,  I  love  Thee  above  all  things.  I  hope,  by 
^^  the  merits  and  Passion  of  Jesus  Christ,  to  ob 
tain  pardon  of  my  sins.  I  grieve  from  the  bottom  of 
my  heart  for  having  by  them  offended  Thy  infinite 
goodness.  I  detest  them  more  than  all  imaginable 
evils.  I  unite  my  grief  for  them  to  that  by  which  Jesus 
Christ  was  oppressed  in  the  Garden  of  Olives.  I  firmly 
resolve,  by  the  assistance  of  Thy  grace,  nevermore  to 
offend  Thee. 

(Whenever  you  will  have  said  this  prayer,  with  the  requisite 
determination  of  avoiding  all  sin,  go  in  peace  to  confession,  with 
out  scruple  and  without  fear. — St.  Ligouri.) 

B  flbore  DetsileD  flbetboD  of  Examination. 

Sacraments.—  Defective  examination  of  conscience;  want 
of  contrition  and  purpose  of  amendment. 

Equivocation.— Dissimulation  in  accusing  one's  self;  neg 
lecting  the  penance  or  deferring  it  too  long;  paying  no  atten 
tion  to  the  advice  of  the  confessor;  receiving  holy  commun 
ion  without  preparation;  neglecting  thanksgiving. 

Meditation.—  Want  of  promptitude  and  recollection  on 
first  awaking;  neglecting  the  remote  or  immediate  prepara 
tion;  not  giving  ail  the  time  prescribed  to  it;  not  following 
method  in  making  it. 


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Holy  Mass. — Dissipation  at  the  moment  of  preparation; 
losing  part  of  it  by  one's  own  fault;  wilful  distraction  (say 
if  it  was  on  a  day  of  obligation). 

Examination    of    Conscience. — Not    giving    the  time  pre 
scribed  to  it,  or  passing  all  the  time  in  distraction;  not  making 
an  exact  search  for  one's  faults;    giving  way  to  discourage 
ment;  being  vexed,  instead  of  exciting  one's  self  to  contrition. 

Spiritual  Reading,  Prayers,  Divine  Office. — Not  giving  the 
prescribed  time  to  it;  reading  through  curiosity,  without 
choice,  without  preparation;  saying  morning  and  evening 
prayers,  Rosary,  and  other  prayers  hastily  or  without  atten 
tion;  distractions,  carelessness  during  the  offices  of  the 
Church;  want  of  attention  at  sermons  and  instructions; 
want  of  confidence  in  God;  want  of  perfect  resignation  to 
His  holy  will;  coldness,  indifference;  seldom  calling  to 
mind  God's  presence;  irreverence  toward  the  Blessed  Sac 
rament. 

Obedience. — Contempt,  criticising,  censures,  judgments 
against  Superiors;  want  of  respect,  whether  in  speaking  to 
them,  or  of  them;  interior  or  outward  murmuring;  disobey 
ing  the  command,  or  not  complying  with  the  desire  mani 
fested,  or  the  advice  given  by  them;  criticising  the  com 
mand;  obeying  through  compulsion,  or  in  a  manner  entirely 
human,  without  viewing  the  matter  in  the  light  of  faith; 
want  of  indifference  for  employments,  places,  etc.;  breaking 
the  rules. 

Poverty. — Giving  or  receiving  without  permission;  lend 
ing  or  taking  without  permission;  having  anything  super 
fluous  either  in  what  belongs  to  one's  office,  or  in  anything 
else;  being  out  of  temper  when  deprived  of  such  things,  or 
in  want  of  anything;  not  taking  care  of  things  which  are 
given  for  one's  use  or  for  one's  work;  breaking,  tearing,  soil 
ing,  or  losing  by  too  much  haste,  carelessness,  or  frivolity. 

Chastity. — Transgressions  of  the  rules  of  modesty. 

Charity. — Detractions,  aversions,  contempt  of  one's  neigh 
bors,  indiscreet  reports;  sharp  words,  railleries;  rough  or 
impatient  words;  want  of  complaisance,  meekness,  and 
gentleness;  rash  judgments  and  unjust  suspicions,  whether 
communicated  to  others  or  not;  envy,  jealousy,  conten 
tions,  reproaches,  antipathy,  sourness,  impatience;  particu 
lar  friendships. 


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Humility. — Voluntary  thoughts  of  pride  or  vanity;  exces 
sive  self-love;  preferring  one's  self  before  others;  being 
vexed  at  their  success;  speaking  in  one's  own  praise;  speak 
ing  with  haughtiness  and  disdain;  proud,  disdainful,  imperi 
ous  in  gestures,  gait,  or  looks;  excusing  one's  self,  flying 
from  humiliations,  avoiding  them  by  every  means,  even  by 
falsehood  and  evasions;  being  excessively  taken  up  with 
one's  self;  acting  through  human  respect,  or  to  attract  the 
esteem  of  others. 

Mortification. — Following  one's  own  ill-humor  or  caprice; 
gratifying  the  senses,  as  the  eyes,  by  dissipation  or  curiosity; 
the  hearing,  by  the  desire  to  hear  or  know  unprofitable  things; 
the  smell,  by  taking  pleasure  in  sweet  scents,  and  showing 
great  dislike  for  bad;  the  taste,  by  eating  with  sensuality  or 
gluttony. 

Employments. — Discharge  them  faithfully;  conscientious 
regard  for  particular  rules  of  one's  employment. 

Instruction  of  Youth. — Acquitting  one's  self  of  it  negligently, 
without  viewing  it  in  the  light  of  faith;  want  of  application 
to  study;  not  preparing  lessons  of  catechism  and  other 
branches  of  knowledge;  want  of  careful  watchfulness,  of 
firmness,  of  sweetness  of  temper,  and  of  patience;  antip 
athy,  undue  preference;  little  or  no  zeal  for  the  instruction 
of  children,  for  the  reformation  of  their  hearts,  for  their  perse 
verance  in  good;  too  great  familiarity  with  them,  or  their 
relatives. 

Domestic  Employments. — Want  of  subordination  to  Superi 
ors,  or  to  those  in  the  higher  offices;  acting  too  much  upon 
one's  own  ideas;  acting  with  too  great  haste;  having  little 
or  no  zeal  and  care  for  one's  employment;  not  actuating  one's 
work  with  a  spirit  of  faith. 

Care  of  the  Sick. — Watchfulness;  punctuality;  diligence; 
kindness;  patience;  supernatural  motive  in  all  actions. 


/foeans  of  Striving  at  iperfection. 

In  General. — Simple  submission  to  God,  and  simple 
attention  to  His  presence. 

i.  In  Behavior.  —  Uniformity,  straightforwardness, 
modesty,  prudence,  meekness,  firmness. 


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2.  In    Conversation. — Cheerfulness    without    dissipa 
tion,  prudence  in  words,  forgetfulness  of  self,  chariness 
in  giving  advice. 

3.  In  Fault. — Humble  and  sincere  acknowledgment, 
profound  sorrow  without   discouragement,   recourse  to 
God,  trust  in  His  mercy. 

4.  In  the  Use  of  the  Sacraments. — Purity  of  heart  and 
intention,    detachment    from    sensible    devotion,    lively 
faith,  practical  fervor. 

5.  With  God. — Filial   confidence,   striving  to  do  His 
will,  calmly  waiting  the  manifestation  of  His  will,  obedi 
ence,  prompt,  generous,  unreserved. 

6.  With  our  Neighbor. — Cordial  readiness  to  oblige, 
forbearance,   complaisance    without   servility,  deference 
without  flattery,  condescension  without  human  respect. 

7.  With  Ourselves. — Strict   justice,   self-denial,  prac 
tical  and  persevering  patience  under  all  trials. 

8.  For    our    Body. — Moderate    care,    discreet    rigor, 
sobriety  in  all  things. 

9.  For  our  Imagination. — Unruffled  calm  at  its  wan 
derings,  contempt  for  its  illusions,  and  diversion  of  the 
mind  in  its  importunities. 

10.  For   our   Mind. — Wise    distrust    of   one's   lights, 
happy  ignorance  of  one's  merit,  holy  use  of  one's  talents. 

11.  For  our   Heart. — -Fidelity   in   banishing   from   it 
every  kind  of  trouble,  watchfulness  over  all  its  move 
ments,  sacrifice  of  all  that  is  contrary  to  the  good  pleas 
ure  of  God. 

12.  Life  of  Faith. — That  is  to  say,  entire  conformity 
with  Jesus  Christ  in  thoughts,  feelings,  language,  works, 
and  continual  and   universal  dependence  on  His  holy 
Spirit.     Happy  the  soul  which  is  faithful  to  the  prac 
tice  of  these  means!      In  her  God  is  well  pleased;   sht 
enjoys   God;    she    finds   all   in   God;    she  secures  the 
eternal  possessions  of  God. 


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•ffntertor  practice, 

a  EASE   not   to  withdraw  from   creatures   until  you 
find  yourself  alone  with  God. 

Interior  Occupation  jor  the  Days  of  Recollection. — Every 
month,  if  possible,  devote  half  an  hour  to  examining 
the  state  of  your  soul.  Employ  in  this  way  the  time  of 
meditation,  if  you  have  no  other  moments  at  your  dis 
posal.  Examine  yourself  particularly  on  these  three 
essential  points:  ist.  Spiritual  Exercises;  2d.  The  Holy 
Rule;  3d.  The  Predominant  Failing. 

I.    SPIRITUAL   EXERCISES. 

i st.  /"iN  awaking,  have  you,  by  a  fervent  act  of 
^-^  love,  cast  yourself  into  the  Sacred  Heart  of 
Jesus? 

2d.  Have  you  been  exact  in  reciting  the  customary 
prayers  while  dressing?  In  recalling  to  mind  the  sub 
ject  of  your  meditation  ?  In  rejecting  every  idle  thought  ? 

3d.  With  what  respect  and  diligence  have  you  hastened 
to  the  chapel  to  begin  your  prayer? 

4th.  How  do  you  prepare  for  meditation?  How  do 
you  exercise  the  power  of  your  soul  during  it?  Do 
you  try  to  awaken  corresponding  sentiments  in  your 
heart?  Do  you  form  practical  and  detailed  resolutions 
upon  the  fault  which  you  wish  to  extirpate,  or  the  virtue 
which  you  have  proposed  to  acquire?  Do  you  fore 
see  occasions  of  avoiding  the  one  and  practising  the 
other?  When  you  finish  meditation  do  you  take  care 
to  look  back  upon  the  manner  in  which  you  have  per 
formed  it,  and  to  choose  a  good  thought  on  which  you 
may  dwell  during  the  day? 

5th.  Besides  the  general  intentions,  do  you  propose 
to  yourself  some  particular  end  when  you  assist  at  the 
holy  Mass? 


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6th.  Do  you  neglect  the  means  proposed  to  make 
the  remembrance  of  the  presence  of  God  easy  for  you 
during  the  day?  Such  as  ejaculatory  prayers,  and 
examining  yourself  after  every  action  ? 

7th.  Do  you  make  your  examination  according  to 
the  method  prescribed,  and  with  the  intention  of  deriv 
ing  benefits  from  it? 

8th.  How  do  you  spend  the  time  of  the  visit  to  the 
Blessed  Sacrament? 

gth.  Do  you  honor  the  mysteries  in  saying  your  beads  ? 
Do  you  take  care  to  form  some  particular  intention  ? 

loth.  Do  you  make  spiritual  reading  with  attention? 

nth.  While  undressing,  do  you  call  to  mind  the 
subject  of  the  meditation  prepared  for  the  next  day? 
Do  you  take  care  to  say  the  prayers  recommended? 
Do  you  reject  all  distractions?  Do  you  retire  to  rest 
in  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus,  and  go  to  sleep  occupied 
with  some  good  thought? 

i2th.  What  fruit  do  you  derive  from  confession? 
With  what  care  do  you  prepare  for  it?  Do  you  spend 
a  sufficient  time  in  recollection  afterward? 

i3th.  How  do  you  prepare  for  holy  communion  on 
the  previous  evening  and  in  the  morning?  How  do 
you  make  your  thanksgiving? 

1 4th.  Are  you  careful  to  direct  your  intentions  for 
the  indulgence? 

2.    THE   HOLY  RULE. 

ist.  '//  f 'HAT  is  your  conduct  as  to  obedience?  Do 
^•^*»  you  endeavor  to  make  it  prompt,  entire, 
and  blind  ?  Do  you  consider  Jesus  Christ  in  the  person 
of  your  Superiors,  Whose  place  they  hold  ? 

2d.  Do  you  fulfil  your  office  and  your  occupa 
tion  with  zeal,  and  according  to  the  view  of  your 
Superior  ? 

3d.  Are  you  careful  to  ask  the  smallest  permission  ? 


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4th.  What  are  your  dispositions  with  respect  to 
poverty?  Are  you  content  to  feel  some  of  its  effects? 
Do  you  practise  it,  as  much  as  possible,  in  those  things 
of  which  you  have  the  use,  and  in  the  care  of  things 
entrusted  to  you? 

5th.  How  do  you  observe  the  rules  of  modesty? 

6th.  Have  you  for  all  your  Sisters  a  truly  fraternal 
charity,  that  proves  itself  in  thoughts,  words,  and  deeds  ? 
Do  you  render  willingly  to  your  Sisters  the  service  which 
they  may  ask  of  you? 

7th.  What  is  your  exactness  and  punctuality  to  the 
sound  of  the  bell;  your  fidelity  in  keeping  silence,  and, 
in  a  word,  in  the  entire  perfect  observance  of  the  Holy 
Rule? 

8th.  Observe  the  faults  you  have  committed  and 
make  a  special  resolution  on  those  points  wherein  you 
have  found  yourself  most  deficient. 

3.    PREDOMINANT   FAULT. 

Of  whatever  kind  it  may  be,  examine  yourself  on  these  four 
points: 

ist.  "T^O  you,  as  far  as  possible,  make  this  fault, 
«-*— "  or  its  opposite  virtue,  the  subject  of  your 
particular  examen  ? 

ad.  Are  you  constant  and  earnest  in  your  efforts  to 
overcome  the  difficulties  which  you  meet  with  in  this 
combat  ? 

3d.  Are  you  careful  to  humble  yourself  for  your 
faults,  and  to  give  a  faithful  account  of  them? 

4th.  Are  your  faults  as  frequent  as  those  of  the  pre 
vious  month? 


Devotions  for  Confession.  379 

of  t>olE  Scripture  to  Bictte  Sorrow  for  Sins, 
ano  Confidence. 

These  may  be  read  over,  or  meditated  upon,  in  order  to 
excite  confusion  and  sorrow  for  sin,  and  confidence  in  God's 
infinite  mercy. 

EAR,  O  ye  heavens,  and  give  ear,  O  earth,  for  the 
Lord  hath  spoken.  I  have  brought  up  children, 
and  exalted  them;  but  they  have  despised  Me  (Isa.  i.  2). 

Be  astonished,  O  ye  heavens,  at  this,  and  ye  gates 
th  reof,  be  very  desolate,  saith  the  Lord  For  My 
people  have  done  two  evils.  They  have  forsaken  Me, 
the  fountain  of  living  water,  and  have  digged  to  them 
selves  cisterns,  broken  cisterns,  that  can  hold  no  water 
(Jer.  ii.  12,  13). 

Know  thou,  and  see  that  it  is  an  evil  and  a  bitter  thing 
for  thee,  to  have  left  the  Lord  thy  God.  .  .  .  Thou  hast 
broken  My  yoke,  thou  hast  burst  My  bonds,  and  thou 
saidst:  I  will  not  serve  (Jer.  ii.  19,  20). 

What  are  these  wounds  in  the  midst  of  Thy  hands  ?  .  .  . 
With  these  I  was  wounded  in  the  house  of  them  that 
loved  Me  (Zach.  xiii.  6). 

Crucifying  again  to  themselves  the  Son  of  God,  and 
making  Him  a  mockery  (Heb.  vi.  6). 

I  will  arise,  and  will  go  to  my  Father,  and  say  to  Him : 
Father,  I  have  sinned  against  heaven,  and  before  Thee 
(Luke  xv.  18). 

Have  mercy  on  me,  O  God,  according  to  Thy  great 
mercy  (Ps.  1.  3). 

A  contrite  and  humbled  heart,  O  God,  Thou  wilt  not 
despise  (Ps.  1.  19). 

If  your  sins  be  as  scarlet,  they  shall  be  made  as 
white  as  snow  (Isa.  i.  18). 

As  I  live,  saith  the  Lord  God,  I  desire  not  the  death 
of  the  wicked,  but  that  the  wicked  turn  from  his  way,  and 
live  (Ezech.  xxxiii.  ii). 


380  Devotions  for  Confession, 

I  say  to  you,  there  shall  be  joy  before  the  angels  of 
God  upon  one  sinner  doing  penance  (Luke  xv.  10). 

"Keflections  for  Contrition  anO  BmenDment.* 


sight  of  hell,  whose  endless  pains  one  mortal 
sin  deserves;  the  sight  of  heaven,  whose  dreadful 
loss  one  unrepented  mortal  sin  entails;  the  sight  of 
Gethsemane,  where  we  see  — 

"Beneath  the  olives'  moon-pierced  shade 

Our  God  alone,  outstretched  and  bruised 
And  bleeding  on  the  earth  He  made;" 

the  sight  of  the  pretorium  of  Pontius  Pilate,  where,  at  the 
column  of  the  flagellation,  we  behold  Our  Lord  on  the 
pavement  in  a  pool  of  His  own  most  precious  blood; 
the  sight  of  the  thorn-crowned  Saviour,  falling  under 
the  weight  of  the  cross,  along  the  Via  Dolorosa;  the 
sight  of  Calvary,  where  we  behold  the  good  and  gentle 
Jesus  nailed  upon  a  cross,  and,  in  bitter  agony  and  deso 
lation,  dying  a  malefactor's  death  —  all  impress  upon  us 
the  heinousness  and  hatefulness  of  sin  as  well  as  the 
patience  and  goodness  of  God,  and  thus  lead  us  to  true 
and  tender  sorrow  for  our  own  sins.  One  mortal  sin 
banishes  God's  grace  from  the  soul.  Unhappy  is  the 
soul  which  loses  its  God  by  sin.  God,  Who  is  all  love, 
all  holiness,  detests  sin  with  infinite  loathing  and  hatred. 
We  trample  on  the  precious  blood  of  Jesus  Christ,  we 
crucify  Him  anew  when  we  commit  sin.  Detest  at 
this  moment  all  your  sins,  and  resolve  rather  to  suffer 
anything  than  ever  again  to  offend  God,  Who  is  infi 
nitely  good  and  holy  and  worthy  of  all  your  love.  Take 
your  crucifix  in  your  hand,  and  consider  attentively 
what  a  death  that  was  which  our  dear  Lord  suffered 
on  Calvary.  Has  ever  malefactor  suffered  more  than  He  ? 
Think  of  the  scourging  that  went  before;  think  of  the 

*  Vide  "  Confession  and  Communion  for  Religious." 


Devotions  for  Confession.  381 

crown  of  thorns;  look  at  Him  now,  nailed  to  the  cross — 
the  living  flesh  nailed — hands  and  feet  nailed  by  the 
huge  spikes  driven  through  them  into  the  wood.  The 
gentlest  handling  of  those  wounds  would  be  agony, 
and  He  has  to  hang  upon  them  with  the  whole  weight 
of  His  body  for  three  hours — until  death. 

Look  at  Him — see  the  tortured  head;  the  dull,  glazed 
eyes;  the  parched  lips;  the  quivering  limbs;  the  ever- 
widening  wounds.  Think  of  the  intense  thirst;  the 
dislocated  bones;  the  agony  of  ever}'  nerve  and  muscle. 
Could  I  look  unmoved  upon  the  worst  of  malefactors 
in  such  a  pitiable  plight? 

And  is  He  a  malefactor?     No. 

Why,  then,  is  He  here?  For  me — in  my  place — to 
suffer  the  pains  due  to  my  sins.  He  is  here,  hanging 
on  the  cross,  to  teach  me  what  sin  is — what  sin  deserves 
— to  what  my  sins  have  brought  Him.  If  ever  I  have 
committed  one  mortal  sin,  I  have  had  a  distinct  share 
in  bringing  about  this  death  of  pain  and  shame.  See 
how  uncomplainingly  He  suffers  in  every  member  of 
His  body,  in  every  faculty  of  His  soul.  See  how  the 
divinity  withdraws  its  support  from  the  humanity  except 
to  enable  it  to  suffer  more.  See  how  willingly  He 
endures  all  this — for  me,  to  atone  for  my  sins,  to  satisfy 
the  Father  for  me,  to  win  me  the  absolutions  of  my  life. 

O  Jesus,  I  fall  on  my  face  before  Your  cross  to  ask 
for  an  "intimate  knowledge  of  the  hatefulness  of  sin," 
to  ask  for  grief,  tears,  and  a  sense  of  pain  in  union  with 
You  in  torment,  debased  thus  in  order  to  die  for  my  sins. 

Can  I  doubt  that  the  fruit  of  Your  Passion  will  be 
the  full  remission  of  all  my  sins,  that  if  they  be  as  scarlet 
they  will  be  made  as  white  as  snow?  He,  that  spared 
not  even  His  own  Son,  but  delivered  Him  up  for  us  all, 
how  will  He  not  also  with  Him  give  us  all  things — give 
me  His  forgiveness  and  His  peace? 

God  is  infinitely  good;  He  is  holiness  itself.  We 
can  not  understand  what  sin  is  because  we  can  not  un- 


382  Devotions  for  Confession. 

derstand  what  God  is.  And  yet  the  attribute  of  God 
which  sin  outrages  most  directly  is  the  one  that  im 
presses  us  more  than  any  other — His  holiness.  We  fear 
it  more  than  we  fear  His  wisdom,  His  power,  or  even 
His  justice. 

It  was  the  holiness  of  God  from  which  Adam  and 
Eve  sought  to  hide  themselves,  ''amidst  the  trees  of 
paradise,"  after  their  sin. 

If,  when  Our  Lord  came  amongst  us,  the  little  children 
swarmed  around  Him,  and  publicans  and  sinners  pressed 
upon  Him,  so  that  their  company  was  made  a  reproach 
against  Him,  it  was  because  He  veiled  His  holiness 
When  for  an  instant  He  let  its  presence  be  felt,  all  men 
quailed  before  it.  Peter  felt  it  after  the  miraculous 
draught  of  fishes.  It  was  the  holiness  rather  than  the 
power  of  Our  Lord  that  impressed  him,  and  made  him 
fall  at  Jesus'  knees  and  cry  out:  "Depart  from  me,  for 
I  am  a  sinful  man,  O  Lord."  (Luke  v.  8.)  The  centurion 
felt  it  when  he  said,  "Lord,  I  am  not  worthy  that  Thou 
shouldst  enter  under  my  roof,  but  only  say  the  word 
and  my  servant  shall  be  healed."  (Matt.  viii.  8.)  The 
soldiers  and  the  priests  felt  it  in  the  Garden,  when  they 
went  back  and  fell  to  the  ground.  At  the  Last  Day  it 
will  be  the  holiness  of  God  that  will  terrify  the  wicked 
and  make  them  cry  to  the  mountains  and  rocks  to  fall 
upon  them  and  hide  them  "from  the  wrath  of  the  Lamb." 
The  angels  are  not  pure  in  His  sight.  Before  His 
throne  the  eternal  song  is  "Holy,  Holy,  Holy,"  as  they 
cover  their  faces  with  their  wings. 

O  holiness  of  God,  I  fall  on  my  face  before  you,  to 
ask  for  contrition  for  my  sins.  "Have  mercy  on  me, 
O  God,  according  to  Thy  great  mercy."  (Ps.  1.  3.) 
"O  God,  be  merciful  to  me  a  sinner."  (Luke  xviii.  13.) 
O  God,  what  must  You  be  in  Yourself!  What  must  be 
the  overflowing  goodness  of  that  nature  which  can 
spend  itself  on  one  like  me!  Shall  I  not  love  it  for  its 
own  sake? 


Devotions  for  Confession.  383 

O  God,  all  good,  the  only  good,  surely  the  proof  of 
Your  infinite  goodness  is  found  in  this — that  You  are 
good  to  me.  You  must  be  infinitely  good  to  be  good 
to  me.  O  goodness  of  God,  which  I  have  outraged, 
O  patience  of  God,  which  I  have  tried  so  sorely,  I  grieve 
most  sincerely  that  I  have  ever  offended  you,  I  grieve 
for  the  sins  of  the  past  week,  for  the  sins  of  my  past  life, 
especially  for  .  .  .  And  I  purpose,  with  the  help  of 
Your  grace,  to  labor  with  new  courage  at  the  work  of 
my  salvation  and  perfection,  particularly  by  the  avoid 
ance  of  this  fault,  .  .  .  and  by  attention  to  my  particular 
examination. 

Et  dixi,  Nunc  ccepi.  Now  do  I  begin.  "Help  me,  O 
Lord  God,  in  my  good  resolution  and  in  Your  holy 
service,  and  give  me  grace  now,  this  very  day,  perfectly 
to  begin;  for  all  I  have  hitherto  done  is  nothing." 

ACT   OF   CONTRITION  AND   PRAYER   FOR  PARDON. 

MY  God,  Thou  hast  been  so  good  to  me,  but  I 
have  been  so  careless  and  lukewarm  in  my  devo 
tion  to  Thee.  I  have  entangled  myself  too  much  in 
vain  and  transitory  things;  I  have  been  too  self-indul 
gent  and  too  eager  for  earthly  pleasures.  Sweet  Spouse 
of  my  soul,  divine  Master,  here  in  Thy  presence,  I  am 
overwhelmed  with  shame  and  confusion  at  the  sight 
of  my  many  sins,  offences,  and  imperfections.  But 
Thou,  O  God,  wilt  not  despise  a  contrite  and  humble 
heart.  I  confess  to  Thee,  most  tender  Father,  that  I 
have  sinned  exceedingly  in  thought,  word,  and  deed,  I 
am  truly  sorry  for  having  sinned,  because  Thou  art 
infinitely  good,  and  sin  displeases  Thee.  Thou  hast 
chosen  me  from  among  so  many  who  were  more  worthy 
of  Thy  special  love  and  graces,  to  be  quite  near  to 
Thee,  and  to  serve  Thee  in  this  holy  house  of  religion; 
yet  I  have  been  neglectful  of  my  duties,  and  have  often 
been  more  devoted  to  self  than  to  Thy  interests.  Have 


384  Devotions  for  Confession. 

mercy  on  me,  my  God,  and  forgive  me  my  sins,  which 
I  abhor  and  regret — not  from  any  selfish  motive,  but 
simply  and  solely  because  they  have  offended  Thee,  Who 
in  Thyself  art  so  good,  so  holy,  so  infinitely  worthy  of  all 
my  affections.  I  love  Thee,  O  infinite  Goodness,  with  all 
my  heart  and  above  all  things,  and  I  am  firmly  resolved, 
with  the  help  of  Thy  grace,  to  avoid  the  occasions  of 
sin,  and  nevermore  to  offend  Thee.  In  the  name  of 
Jesus,  Thy  Son,  in  Whom  Thou  art  well  pleased;  in 
view  of  His  merits,  I  beseech  Thee  to  pardon  me  all  my 
offences,  and  to  restore  me  to  Thy  love,  as  a  kind  and 
tender  Father.  Bless  me,  good  Father,  and  grant  me 
the  grace  to  be  faithful  to  Thee  unto  death.  Amen. 

SHORT  AND   EFFICACIOUS   ACT   OF   CONTRITION. 

(St.  Mechtildis.) 

OS  WEFT  Jesus,  I  grieve  for  my  sins;   vouchsafe  to 
supply  whatever  is  lacking  to  my  true  sorrow, 
and  to  offer  for  me  to  God  the  Father  all  the  grief  which 
Thou  hast  endured  because  of  my  sins  and  those  of 
the  whole  world.     Amen. 

ACT   OF   SORROW.* 

(At  the  ]oot  o]  the  cross.) 

Y  dear  Lord  and  Saviour,  my  sins  have  fastened 
Thee  to  this  cross.  I  know  it  is  just  as  if  I  had 
myself  fixed  the  crown  of  thorns  upon  Thy  brow;  as  if, 
with  my  own  hands,  I  had  driven  the  nails  through 
Thy  sacred  hands  and  feet.  O  my  sweet  Jesus,  I  did 
not  know  what  I  was  doing  in  committing  these  sins. 
I  did  not  think — but  I  see  it  now.  I  have  struck  and 
wounded  and  insulted  Thee.  I  am  sorry,  heartily 
sorry  for  all  my  sins.  Forgive  me,  dear  Lord;  I  will 

*  From  "Flowers  of  Nazareth." 


Devotions  for  Confession.  385 

confess  them  now,  and  I  firmly  resolve  with  Thy  help, 
never  to  commit  them  again. 

ANOTHER   ACT   OF   CONTRITION. 

LORD  Jesus  Christ,  Lover  of  our  souls,  Who,  for 
the  great  love  wherewith  Thou  hast  loved  us, 
wouldst  not  the  death  of  a  sinner,  but  rather  that  he 
should  be  converted  and  live;  I  grieve  most  sincerely 
that  I  have  offended  Thee,  my  most  loving  Father  and 
Redeemer,  to  Whom  all  sin  is  infinitely  displeasing;  Who 
hast  so  loved  me  that  Thou  didst  shed  Thy  blood  for 
me,  and  endure  a  most  cruel  death.  O  my  God!  O 
infinite  Goodness!  would  that  I  had  never  offended 
Thee.  Pardon  me,  O  Lord  Jesus,  pardon  me,  most 
humbly  imploring  Thy  mercy.  Have  pity  upon  a  sinner 
for  whom  Thy  blood  pleads  before  the  face  of  the  Father. 
O  most  merciful  and  forgiving  Lord,  for  the  love  of 
Thee  I  forgive  all  who  have  ever  offended  me.  I  firmly 
resolve  to  forsake  all  sins,  and  to  avoid  the  occasions 
of  them;  and  to  confess,  in  bitterness  of  spirit,  all  those 
sins  which  I  have  committed  against  Thy  divine  good 
ness,  and  to  love  Thee,  O  my  God,  for  Thine  own  sake, 
above  all  things  and  for  ever.  Give  me  Thy  love,  O 
Lord,  and  the  grace  of  final  perseverance. 

©ftering  of  Confession. 

/T\Y  God  and  Saviour,  I  offer  Thee  the  confession  I 
'  ^»  am  going  to  make  in  obedience  to  Thy  will,  for 
the  increase  of  Thy  glory,  to  obtain  pardon  for  my  sins, 
for  all  the  indulgences  which  may  be  gained,  and  for 
whatever  other  intentions  I  ought  to  offer  it,  particu 
larly  to  advance  in  Thy  holy  grace  and  love.  Grant 
to  my  soul,  O  Lord,  all  the  requisite  dispositions  of 
humility  and  contrition.  Sweet  Saviour  of  perishing 
mankind,  cast  an  eye  of  pity  on  my  sinful  soul,  and 
regard  not  the  evils  I  have  done,  but  rather  Thine  own 


386  Devotions  for  Confession. 

merits  and  sufferings  for  my  salvation;  they  infinitely 
outweigh  my  sins,  however  enormous.  Confiding  in 
Thy  mercies,  O  Jesus,  I  offer  Thee  the  sacrifice  Thou 
didst  offer  of  Thyself  to  Thy  eternal  Father  on  the 
cross,  to  atone  for  my  imperfect  sorrow,  and  to  obtain  for 
me  grace  to  avoid  all  sin  in  future. 

PRAYERS    AFTER   CONFESSION. 

(Psalm  cii.) 

BLESS  the  Lord,  O  my  soul:  and  let  all  that  is  within 
me  praise  His  holy  name. 

Bless  the  Lord,  O  my  soul:  and  never  forget  all  He 
has  done  for  thee. 

Who  forgiveth  all  thy  iniquities:  Who  healeth  all  thy 
diseases. 

Who  redeemeth  thy  life  from  destruction:  Who 
crowneth  thee  with  mercy  and  compassion. 

The  Lord  is  compassionate  and  merciful:  long-suffer 
ing  and  plenteous  in  mercy. 

He  hath  not  dealt  with  us  according  to  our  sins:  nor 
rewarded  us  according  to  our  iniquities. 

As  far  as  the  east  is  from  the  west:  so  far  hath  He 
removed  our  iniquities  from  us. 

As  a  father  hath  compassion  on  his  children:  so  hath 
the  Lord  compassion  on  them  that  fear  Him. 

For  He  knoweth  our  frame:  He  remembereth  that 
we  are  dust. 

Bless  the  Lord,  all  ye  His  angels:  you  ministers  of 
His  that  do  His  will. 

Bless  the  Lord,  all  His  works:  in  every  place  of  His 
dominion,  O  my  soul,  bless  thou  the  Lord. 

Let  us  pray. 

ALMIGHTY  and  merciful   God,  Whose   mercy  is 
boundless  and  everlasting,  and  of  Whose  good 
ness  the  riches  are  infinite,  I  give  thanks  to  Thee  because 


Devotions  for  Confession.  387 

Thou  hast  so  graciously  pardoned  all  my  sins,  and 
restored  me  to  Thy  grace  and  favor.  Blessed  be  Thy 
divine  compassion,  O  my  God,  and  blessed  be  the  in 
comprehensible  love  of  Thy  beloved  Son,  which  con 
strained  Him  to  institute  so  gentle  and  so  mighty  a 
remedy  for  our  sins.  Wherefore,  in  union  with  all  the 
thanksgivings  which  have  ever  ascended  to  Thee  from 
truly  penitent  hearts,  I  sing  aloud  Thy  glad  praises, 
on  behalf  of  all  in  heaven,  on  earth,  and  in  purgatory, 
for  ever  and  ever.  Amen. 

My  dear  Jesus,  how  much  do  I  not  owe  Thee!  By 
the  merits  of  Thy  blood  I  trust  that  I  have  this  day  been 
pardoned.  I  thank  Thee  exceedingly,  and  I  hope  to 
praise  Thy  mercies  for  ever  in  heaven.  My  God,  if 
hitherto  I  have  so  often  lost  Thee,  I  will  lose  Thee  no 
more  for  the  time  to  come;  I  am  really  resolved  to 
change  my  life.  Thou  deservest  all  my  love;  I  wish  to 
love  Thee  in  good  earnest.  My  will  is  never  again  to 
be  separated  from  Thee.  I  promise  to  shun  the  occa 
sions  of  sin,  and  to  use  this  means  (here  mention  it), 
for  not  falling  again.  But  Thou,  my  Jesus,  knowest 
my  weakness;  give  me  the  grace  to  be  faithful  to  Thee 
until  death,  and  to  have  recourse  to  Thee  in  my  tempta 
tions.  Most  holy  Virgin  Mary,  assist  me;  thou  art  the 
Mother  of  perseverance;  I  place  all  my  hope  in  thy 
powerful  intercession.  Amen. 

SHORT  OFFERING  OF  SACRAMENTAL  PENANCE. 

/T\Y  Lord  and  my  God,  I  offer  Thee  the  penance  I  am 
«^*  •  going  to  perform,  and  I  unite  it  to  the  infinite 
satisfaction  of  Jesus  Christ  my  Saviour.  Grant  that 
the  abundant  merits  of  Thy  dear  Son  Jesus,  and  the 
immense  extent  of  the  love  of  His  Sacred  Heart,  may 
supply  the  imperfections  and  feebleness  of  the  works 
which  I  shall  perform,  and  the  punishment  which  I 
wish  to  endure,  to  satisfy  Thy  divine  justice.  Amen. 


388  Devotions  for  Confession. 


(Recite  here  the  penance  imposed.) 

AFTER   PERFORMING   SACRAMENTAL   PENANCE. 

OMOST  holy  Father,  I  offer  Thee  this  my  confes 
sion  and  my  satisfaction  in  union  with  all  the 
acts  of  penance  which  have  ever  been  done  to  the  glory 
of  Thy  holy  name,  beseeching  Thee  to  accept  this  offer 
ing  and  to  render  it  available  through  the  merits  of  the 
Passion  of  Thy  beloved  Son,  and  through  the  inter 
cession  of  the  ever-blessed  Virgin  Mary,  and  of  all  Thy 
holy  apostles,  martyrs,  confessors,  and  virgins.  What 
ever  has  been  lacking  to  me  in  sincere  and  earnest  prep 
aration,  in  perfect  contrition,  in  frank  and  clear  confes 
sion,  I  commend  to  the  most  loving  Heart  of  Thine 
only-begotten  Son,  that  treasury  of  all  mercy  and  grace, 
from  whose  overflowing  abundance  all  debts  to  Thee 
are  fully  acquitted;  that  through  it  all  my  negligences 
and  defects  in  the  reception  of  this  Holy  Sacrament  may 
be  fully  and  perfectly  supplied,  to  Thine  everlasting 
praise  and  glory,  and  that  Thou  mayest  effectually 
absolve  me  in  heaven,  even  as  Thy  minister  has  with 
Thy  authority  absolved  me  here  on  earth  ;  through  Jesus 
Christ  our  Lord,  Who  liveth  and  reigneth  with  Thee  and 
the  Holy  Ghost,  world  without  end.  Deo  gratias! 

Cbe  Seven  penitential  psalms*  in  Xatin  anO  in 


Ant.  Ne  reminiscaris,  etc.  Ant.  Remember     not,     O 

Lord,  our  offences,  nor  those 
of  our  parents;  neither  take 
Thou  vengeance  of  our  sins. 


*  It  is  a  pious  custom  to  recite  the  seven  Penitential  Psalms, 
respectively,  by  way  of  prayer,  against  the  seven  deadlv  sins. 


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i.  Psalm  VI.     Domine,  ne  in  Furore. 


Verse  i.  David,  in  deep  affliction,  prays  for  a  mitigation  of  the 
divine   anger;    4.  in   consideration   of   God's   mercy;     s.  His 
glory;    6.  his  own  repentance, 
his  enemies. 


mercy; 
By  faith  he  triumphs  over 


r> 


kOMINE,    ne    in 
furore  tuo  arguas 
me,  neque  in  ira  tua  corripias 
me. 

2.  Mirerere   mei,    Domine, 
quoniam  infirmus  sum:   sana 
me,   Domine,   quoniam   con- 
tnrbata  sunt  ossa  mea. 

3.  Et  anima  mea  turbata 
est  valde  sed  tu,  Domine,  us- 
quequo? 

4.  Convertere,  Domine,  et 
eripe  animam  meam;  salvum 
me  fac  propter  misericordiam 
tuam. 

5.  Quoniam     non    est    in 
morte  qui  memor  sit  tui;   in 
inferno  autem  quis  confitebi- 
tur  tibi  ? 

6  Laboravi  in  gemitu  meo; 
lavabo  per  singulas  noctes  lec- 
tum  meum:  lacrymis  meis 
stratum  meum  rigabo. 

7.  Turbatus    est   a   furore 
meus;  inveteravi  inter  omnes 
inimicos  meos. 

8.  Discedite   a   me   omnes 
qui    operamini     iniquitatem, 
quoniam  exaudivit  Dominus 
vocem  fletus  mei. 

9.  Exaudivit  Dominus  de- 
precationem    meam;     Domi 
nus  orationem  meam  suscepit. 

10.  Erubescant,  et  contur- 


LORD,  rebuke  me 
not  in  Thine  in 
dignation:  nor  chastise  me 
in  Thy  wrath. 

2.  Have   mercy  upon  me, 

0  Lord,  for  I  am  weak :   heal 
me,   O   Lord,  for  my  bones 
are  troubled. 

3.  My  soul  also  is  troubled 
exceedingly:     but   Thou,    O 
Lord,  how  long? 

4.  Turn  Thee,  O  Lord,  and 
deliver  my  soul:   O  save  me 
for  Thy  mercy's  sake. 

5.  For  in  death  there  is  no 
one  that  remembereth  Thee: 
and    who    shall    give    Thee 
thanks  in  hell? 

6.  I   have    labored    in  my 
groanings:    every   night   will 

1  wash  my  bed,   and  water 
my  couch  with  my  tears. 

7.  Mine    eye    is    troubled 
through  indignation:    I  have 
grown   old   among   all   mine 
enemies. 

8.  Depart  from  me,  all  ye 
that  work   iniquity:    for  the 
Lord  hath  heard  the  voice  of 
my  weeping. 

9.  The    Lord   hafh    heard 
my    supplication:     the    Lord 
hath  received  my  prayer. 

10.  Let   all   mine   enemies 


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bentur  vehementer  omnes  ini- 
mici  mei;  convertantur,  et  eru- 
bescant  valde  velociter. 
Gloria  Patri,  etc. 


be  ashamed  and  sore  vexed, 
let  them  be  turned  back,  and 
be  ashamed  very  speedily. 
Glory,  etc. 


2.  Psalm  XXXI.     Beati  Quorum. 

i.  The  blessedness  of  those  whose  sins  are  forgiven.  3.  The 
misery  of  impenitence.  6.  Confession  of  sin  brings  ease; 
8.  safety;  14.  joy. 

i.  1J>LESSED  are  they 
**&    whose   iniquities 

are  forgiven:   and  whose  sins 

are  covered. 

Blessed   is   the   man   to 


quorum  re- 
missie  sunt  mi- 
quitates,  et  quorum  tecta  sunt 
peccata. 

2.  Beatus  vir  cui  non  im- 
putavit  Dominus  peccatum, 
nee  est  in  spiritu  ejus  dolus. 


3.  Quoniam  tacui,  invete- 
raverunt     ossa     mea,     dum 
clamarem  tota  die. 

4.  Quoniam   die  ac  nocte 
gravata  est  super  me  manus 
tua,  conversus  sum  in  aerumna 
mea,  dum  conngitur  spina. 

5.  Delictum  meum   cogni- 
tum  tibi  feci,  et  injustitiam 
meam  non  abscondi. 

6.  Dixi:    Confitebor  adver- 
sum    me    injustitiam    meam 
Domino  et  tu  remisisti  impie- 
tatem  peccati  mei. 

7.  Pro    hac   orahit   ad   t« 
omnis    sanctus    in    tempore 
opportune. 

8.  Verumtamen  in  diluvio 
aquaruni  multarum,  ad  eum 
non  approximabunt. 

9.  Tu  es  refugium  meum 
a    tribulatione  quie    circum- 


2.  ttlessea   is  tne   man 
whom  the  Lord  hath  not  im 
puted  sin:  and  in  whose  spirit 
there  is  no  guile. 

3.  Because  I  was  silent,  my 
bones    grew    old:     while    I 
cried  aloud  all  the  day  long. 

4.  For  day  and  night  Thy 
hand  was  heavy  upon  me:   I 
turned  in  my  anguish,  while 
the  thorn  was  fastened  in  me. 

5.  I  acknowledged  my  sin 
unto   Thee:    and   my   injus 
tice  have  I  not  concealed. 

6.  I    said    I    will    confess 
against   myself   my   injustice 
to  the  Lord:    and  Thou  for- 
gavest   the  wickedness  of  my 
sin. 

7.  For  this  shall  every  one 
that  is  holy  pray  unto  Thee: 
in  a  seasonable  time. 

8.  But  in  the  flood  of  many 
waters:    they  shall  not  come 
nigh  unto  him. 

9.  Thou  art  my  refuge  from 
the  trouble  which  hath  sur- 


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dedit  me  exultatio  mea,  erue 
me  a  circumdantibus  me. 

10.  Intellectum  tibi   dabo, 
et  instruam  te  in  via  hac  qua 
gradieris    firmabo    super    te 
oculos  meos. 

11.  Nolite  fieri  sicut  equus 
et  mulus,  quibus  non  est  in- 
tellectus. 

12.  In  camo  et  freno  max- 
illas    eorum    constringe,  qui 
non  approximant  ad  te. 

13.  Multa    flagella    pecca- 
toris;     sperantem    autem    in 
Domino  misericordia  circum- 
dabit. 

14.  Laetamini  in  Domino,  et 
exultate,  justi;   et  gloriamini, 
omnes  recti  corde. 

Gloria  Patri,  etc. 

3.  Psalm  XXXVII. 

i.  David's  extreme  anguish, 
resignation  and 

~)  M  I  N  E,  ne   in 
furore  tuo  arguas 
me,  neque  in  ira  tua  corripias 
me. 

2.  Quoniam  sagittae  tuae  in- 
fixae  sunt  mihi,  et  confirma- 
sti  super  me  manum  tuam. 

3.  Non  est  sanitas  in  carne 
mea,  a  facie  irae  tuae;     non 
est  pax  ossibus  meis,  a  facie 
peccatorum  meorum. 

4.  Quoniam  iniquitates  meae 


rounded  me:  my  joy,  deliver 
me  from  them  that  compass 
me  about. 

10.  I  will  give  thee  under 
standing,    and    will    instruct 
thee  in  the  way  wherein  thou 
shalt  go:  I  will  fix  Mine  eyes 
upon  thee. 

11.  Be    ye    not    like    unto 
horse  and  mule,  which  have 
no  understanding. 

12.  With    bit    and    bridle 
bind  fast  the  jaws  of  those 
who  come  not  nigh  unto  thee. 

13.  Many  are  the  scourges 
of    the    sinner:     but    mercy 
shall  compass  him  about  that 
hopeth  in  the  Lord. 

14.  Be  glad,  O  ye  just,  and 
rejoice    in    the    Lord;     and 
glory  all  ye  that  are  right  of 
heart. 

Glory,  etc. 

Domine,  ne  in  Furore. 

15.  He  hopes  in  God.     18.  His 
grief     22.  Prayer. 

LORD,    rebuke 
me  not  in  Thine 
indignation:    nor  chastise  me 
in  Thy  wrath. 

2.  For  Thine  arrows  stick 
fast  in  me:    and  Thou  hast 
laid  Thy  hand  heavily  upon 
me. 

3.  There   is   no   health   in 
my    flesh    because    of    Thy 
wrath:  there  is  no  rest  in  my 
bones  because  of  my  sins. 

4.  For    my    iniquities    are 


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supergressae  sunt  caput  meum, 
et  sicut  onus  grave  gravatae 
sunt  super  me. 

5.  Putruerunt  et  corruptae 
sunt  cicatrices  meae,  a  facie 
insipientiae  meae. 

6.  Miser     factus     sum     et 
curvatus  sum  usque  in  finem; 
tota  die  contristatus  ingredie- 
bar. 

7  Quoniam  lumbi  mei  im- 
pleti  sunt  illusionibus;  et  non 
est  sanitas  in  carne  mea. 

8.  Afflictus  sum,  et  humili- 
atus  sum  nimis;    rugiebam  a 
gemitu  cordis  mei. 

9.  Domine,  ante  te  omne 
desiderium   meum,  et   gemi- 
tus  meus  a  te  non  est  abscon- 
ditus. 

10.  Cor    meum    conturba- 
tum  est,  dereliquit  me  virtus 
mea,  et  lumen  oculorum  me- 
orum,  et  ipsum  non  est  me- 
cum. 

11.  Amici  mei  et  proximi 
mei  adversum  me  appropin- 
quaverunt,  et  steterunt. 

12.  Et  qui  juxta  me  erant, 
de  longe  steterunt,  et  vim  fa- 
ciebant   qui   quaerebant   ani- 
mam  meam. 

13.  Et  qui  inquirebant  ma 
la  mihi,  locuti  sunt  vanitates, 
et  dolos  tota  die  meditaban- 
tur. 

14.  Ego   autem,   tanquam 
surdus,    non    audiebam;     et 
sicut  mutus  non  aperiens  os 
suum. 


gone  over  my  head:  and,  like 
a  heavy  burden,  press  sorely 
upon  me. 

5.  My  wounds  have  putre 
fied  and  are  corrupt:  because 
of  my  foolishness. 

6.  I  am  become  miserable 
and  am  bowed  down  even  to 
the  end:    I  go  sorrowfully  all 
the  day  long. 

7.  For  my  loins  are  filled 
with  illusions:  and  there  is  no 
soundness  in  my  flesh. 

8.  I  am  afflicted  and  hum 
bled     exceedingly:      I     have 
roared   for  the   groaning   of 
my  heart. 

9.  Lord,  all  my  desire  is 
before  Thee:   and  my  groan 
ing  is  not  hidden  from  Thee. 

10.  My  heart  is  troubled, 
my  strength  hath  failed  me; 
the  very  light  of  mine  eyes  is 
gone  from  me. 

11.  My    friends    and    my 
neighbors    drew    near,    and 
stood  up  against  me. 

12.  They   that   were   once 
nigh  me  stood  afar  off:    and 
they    that    sought    after    my 
soul  did  violence  against  me. 

13.  And  they  that  sought 
to  do  me  evil  talked  vanities: 
and  imagined  deceits  all  the 
day  long. 

14.  But  I,  as  a  deal  man, 
heard  not:  and  as  one  that  is 
dumb,  who  openeth  not  his 
mouth. 


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15.  Et    factus    sum    sicut 
homo   non    audiens,    et   non 
habens   in  ore   suo  redargu- 
tiones. 

1 6.  Quoniam    in    te,    Do- 
mine,    speravi;     tu    exaudies 
me,  Domine  Deus  meus. 

17.  Quia  dixi:    Xequando 
supergaudeant    mihi    inimici 
mei;     et   dum   commoventur 
pedes  mei,  super  me  magna 
locuti  sunt. 

18.  Quoniam  ego  in  flagella 
paratus  sum,  et  dolor  meus 
in  conspectu  meo  semper. 

19.  Quoniam     iniquitatem 
meam    annuntiabo,    et    cogi- 
tabo  pro  peccato  meo. 

20.  Inimici  autem  mei  vi- 
vunt,  et  confirmati  sunt  super 
me;    et  multiplicati  sunt  qui 
oderunt  me  inique. 

21.  Qui    retribuunt    mala 
pro  bonis,  detrahebant  mihi, 
quoniam  sequebar  bonitatem. 

22.  Ne  derelinquas  me,  Do- 
mine  Deus  meus;  ne  discesse- 
ris  a  me. 

23.  Intende  in  adjutorium 
meum,  Domine,  Deus  salu- 
tis  meas. 

Gloria  Patri,  etc. 


15.  I    became    as    a    man 
that   heareth   not:    and  that 
hath     no     icproofs     in     his 
mouth. 

1 6.  For  in  Thee,  O  Lord, 
hath  I  hoped:  Thou  wilt  hear 
me,  O  Lord  my  God. 

17.  For    I    said,    Let    not 
mine    enemies    at    any    time 
triumph  over  me:   and  when 
my     feet     slip,     they     have 
spoken   great   things   against 
me. 

18.  For  I  am  prepared  for 
scourges;     and    my    sorrow 
is  always  before  me. 

19.  For  I  will  confess  mine 
iniquity:  and  will  think  upon 
my  sin. 

20.  But  mine  enemies  live, 
and  are  strengthened  against 
me:    and  they  that  hate  me 
wrongfully  are  multiplied. 

21.  They  that  render  evil 
for  good  spake   against  me, 
because  I  followed  goodness. 

22.  Forsake    me    not,     O 
Lord  my  God:   go  not  Thou 
far  from  me. 

23.  Haste     Thee     to     my 
help,  O  Lord  God  of  my  sal 
vation. 

Glory,  etc. 


4.  Psalm  L.     Miserere. 

l.  David  prays  for  remission  of  his  sins;   8.  for  perfect  sanctity 
.17.  Sacrifice   without    contrition   will    not    pardon    sin.     19. 
David  prays  for  the  exaltation  of  the  Church. 

i.  /T\I  S  E  R  E  R  E    mei         i.  "T^  AVE   mercy   upon 

N"^>     Deus:  secundum  r*-t     me,  O  God;  ac- 

magnam  misericordiam  tuam.     cording  to  Thy  great  mercy. 


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2.  Et  secundum  multitudi- 
nem    miserationum    tuarum: 
dele  iniquitatem  meam. 

3.  Amplius  lava  me  ab  ini- 
quitate    mea:    et   a   peccato 
meo  munda  me. 

4.  Quoniam,      iniquitatem 
meam  ego  cognosce:  et  pec- 
catum  meum   contra  me  est 
semper. 

5.  Tibi  soli  peccavi,  et  ma- 
'um  coram  te  feci:  ut  justifi- 
ceris  in   sermonibus  tuis,  et 
vincas  cum  judicaris. 


6.  Ecce  enim  in  iniquitati- 
bus    conceptus    sum:    et    in 
peccatis   concepit   me   mater 
mea. 

7.  Ecce  enim  veritatem  dile- 
xisti:    incerta   et  occulta    sa- 
pientiasjuae  manifestasti  mihi. 


8.  Asperges  me  hyssopo,  et 
mundabor:  lavabis  me,  et 
super  nivem  dealbabor. 


9.  Auditui  meo  dabis  gaudi- 
um  et  laetitiam:  et  exultabunt 
ossa  humiliata. 

10.  Averte  faciam  tuam  a 
peccatis  meis:   et  omnes  ini- 
quitates  meas  dele. 

11.  Cormundum  crea  in  me, 
Deus:  et  spiritum  rectum  in- 
nova  in  visceribus  meis. 

12.  Ne  projicias  me  a  facie 


2.  And    according    to    the 
multitude  of  Thy  tender  mer 
cies:   blot  out  my  iniquity. 

3.  Wash  me  yet  more  from 
my  iniquity:  and  cleanse  me 
from  my  sin. 

4.  For  I  acknowledge  my 
iniquity:     and    my    sin     is 
always  before  me. 

5.  Against  Thee  only  have 
I  sinned,  and  done  evil  in 
Thy  sight,    that  Thou  may- 
est  be  justified  in  Thy  words, 
and  mayest  overcome  when 
Thou  art  judged. 

6.  For  behold,  I  was  con 
ceived  in  iniquities:    and  in 
sins  did  my  mother  conceive 
me. 

7.  For  behold,  Thou  hast 
loved    truth:     the    uncertain 
and    hidden    things    of    Thy 
wisdom     Thou     hast     made 
manifest  unto  me. 

8.  Thou  shalt  sprinkle  me 
with  hyssop,  and  I  shall  be 
cleansed:    Thou   shalt   wash 
me,    and   I    shall    be    made 
whiter  than  snow. 

9.  Thou    shalt    make    me 
hear    of    joy    and    gladness: 
and    the    bones    that    were 
humbled  shall  rejoice. 

10.  Turn   away   Thy   face 
from  my  sins  and  blot  out  all 
my  iniquities. 

11.  Create   in   me  a  clean 
heart,  O  God:   and  renew  a 
right  spirit  within  my  bosom. 

12.  Cast     me     not     away 


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tua:     et     Spiritual    sanctum 
tuum  ne  auferas  a  me. 

13.  Redde    mihi    laetitiam 
salutaris  tui:   et  spiritu  prin- 
cipali  confirma  me. 

14.  Docebo     iniquos     vias 
tuas:   et  impii  ad  te  conver- 
tentur. 

15.  Libera  me  de  sangui- 
nibus,    Deus,     Deus    salutis 
meae:     et     exultabit    lingua 
mea  justitiam  tuam. 

16.  Domine,  labia  mea  ape 
ries:    et  os  meum  annuntia- 
bit  laudem  tuam. 

17.  Quoniam     si  voluisses 
sacrificium,  dedissem  utique: 
holocaustis  non  delectaberis. 


1 8.  Sacrificium  Deo  spiritus 
contribulatus:    cor  contritum 
et    humiliatum,    Deus     non 
despicies. 

19.  Benigne   fac,   Domine, 
In  bona  voluntate  tua  Sion: 
ut   aedificentur  muri   Jerusa 
lem. 

20.  Tune  acceptabis  sacri 
ficium  justitiae,  oblationes,  et 
holocausta:     tune     imponent 
super  altare  tuum  vitulos. 

Gloria,  etc. 


from  Thy  presence:  and 
take  not  Thy  holy  Spirit 
from  me. 

13.  Restore   unto   me    the 
joy  of  Thy   salvation:    and 
strengthen  me  with  a  perfect 
spirit. 

14.  I  will  teach  the  unjust 
Thy  ways:    and  the  wicked 
shall  be  converted  unto  Thee. 

15.  Deliver  me  from  blood- 
guiltiness,  O  God,  Thou  God 
of    my    salvation:     and    my 
tongue  shall  extol  Thy  jus 
tice. 

1 6.  Thou   shalt   open   my 
lips,  O  Lord:  and  my  mouth 
shall  declare  Thy  praise. 

17.  For  if  Thou  hadst  de 
sired  sacrifice,  I  would  surely 
have    given    it:     with    burnt 
offerings   Thou   wilt    not    be 
delighted. 

18.  The    sacrifice   of   God 
is  an  afflicted  spirit:    a  con 
trite   and   humble    heart,    O 
God,  Thou  wilt  not  despise. 

19.  Deal      favorably,       O 
Lord,  in  Thy  good-will  with 
Sion:   that  the  walls  of  Jeru 
salem  may  be  built  up. 

20.  Then   shalt   Thou   ac 
cept  the  sacrifice  of  justice, 
oblations,    and    whole  burnt 
offerings:     then     shall    they 
lay  calves  upon  Thine  altars. 

Glory,  etc. 


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5.  Psalm  CI.     Domine  Exaudl. 

The  extreme  affliction  of  the  Psalmist.  12.  The  eternity  and 
^he  mercy  of  God.  19.  To  be  recorded  and  praised  by  future 
generations.  26.  The  unchangeableness  of  God. 


kOMINE,      exaudi 
orationem  meam, 
et  clamor  meus  ad  te  veniat. 

2.  Non  avertas  faciem  tu- 
am  a  me;    in  quacumque  die 
tribulor,  inclina  ad  me  aurem 
tuam. 

3.  In    quacumque  die    in- 
vocavero  te,  velociter  exaudi 
me. 

4.  Quia     defecerunt    sicut 
furnus  dies  mei,  et  ossa  mea 
sicut  cremium  aruerunt. 

5.  Percussus    sum    ut    fce- 
num,  et  aruit  cor  meum,  quia 
oblitus  sum  comedere  panem 
meum. 

6.  A  voce  gemitus  mei  ad- 
haesit  os  meum  carni  meae. 

7.  Similis  factus  sum  pelli- 
cano  solitudinis;    factus  sum 
nycticorax  in  domicilio. 

8.  Vigilavi,   et  factus  sum 
sicut  passer  solitarius  in  tecto. 


9.  Tota   die   exprobrabant 
mini     inimici    mei,     et     qui 
laudabant   me  adversum  me 
jurabant: 

10.  Quia   cinerem   tamqu- 
am  panem  manducabam,  et 
potum  meum  cum  fletu  misce- 
b&m: 


O 


LORD,  hear    my 
prayer:     and    let 
my  cry  come  unto  Thee. 

2.  Turn    not    away    Thy 
face   from   me:    in   the    day 
when  I  am  in  trouble,  incline 
Thine  ear  unto  me. 

3.  In   what   day   soever   I 
shall    call    upon    Thee;     oh, 
hearken  unto  me  speedily. 

4.  For  my  days  are  van 
ished   like   smoke:     and   my 
bones  are  dried  up  like  fuel 
for  the  fire. 

5.  I  am  smitten  as  grass, 
and    my    heart    is    withered: 
for  I  have  forgotten  to  eat 
my  bread. 

6.  Through    the    voice    of 
my  groaning:  my  bones  have 
cleaved  to  my  flesh. 

7.  I  am  become  like  a  peli 
can  in  the  wilderness:    and 
like    a    night-raven    in    the 
house. 

8.  I    have    watched:     and 
am   become   like   a   sparrow 
that     sitteth    alone    on    the 
housetop. 

9.  Mine     enemies     reviled 
me  all  the  day  long:  and  they 
that  praised  me  have  sworn 
together  against  me. 

10.  For  I  have  eaten  ashes 
as  it  were  bread;  and  mingled 
my  drink  with  weeping. 


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11.  A  facie  irae  et  indigna- 
tionis  tuae,  quia  elevans  alli- 
sisti  me. 

12.  Dies  mei  sicut  umbra 
declinaveiunt,    et    ego    sicut 
fcenum  arui. 

13.  Tu  autem,  Domine,  in 
aeternum  permanes,  et  memo- 
riale   tuum   in   generationem 
et  generationem. 

14.  Tu    exurgens    misere- 
beris  Sion,  quia  tempus  mise- 
rendi   ejus,   quia   venit   tem 
pus; 

15.  Quoniam      placuerunt 
servistuis     lapides     ejus,     et 
terrae  ejus  miserebuntur. 

16.  Et  timebunt  gentes  no- 
men  tuum,  Domine,  et  omnes 
reges  terrse  glonam  tuam; 

T.7.  Quia  aedificavit  Do- 
minus  Sion,  et  videbitur  in 
gloria  sua. 

1 8.  Respexit  in  orationem 
humilium,     et     non     sprevit 
precem  eorum. 

19.  Scribantur  hasc  in  gen- 
eratione  altera,  et  populus  qui 
creabitur  laudabit  Dominum. 


20.  Quia  prospexit  de  ex- 
celso    sancto    suo,    Dominus 
de  caelo  in  terram  aspexit; 

21.  Ut     audiret     gemitus 


11.  Because   of  Thine   in 
dignation     and    wrath:      for 
Thou  hast  lifted  me  up  and 
cast  me  down. 

12.  My     days     are     gone 
down   like   a  shadow:   and  I 
am  withered  like  grass. 

13.  But    Thou,    O    Lord, 
endurest  for  ever:    and   Thy 
memorial  to  all  generations. 

14.  Thou   shalt   arise   and 
have  mercy  upon   Sion:    for 
it   is   time   that   Thou    have 
mercy  upon  her,  yea,  the  time 
is  come. 

it.  For  Thy  servants  have 
delighted  in  her  stones:  and 
they  shall  have  compassion 
on  the  earth  thereof. 

16.  The  Gentiles  shall  fear 
Thy  name,  O  Lord:    and  all 
the  kings  of  the   earth  Thy 
glory. 

17.  For     the     Lord     hath 
built  up  Sion:    and  He  shall 
be  seen  in  His  glory. 

1 8.  He    hath    had    regard 
unto  the  prayer  of  the  lowly: 
and  hath  not  despised  their 
petition. 

19.  Let    these    things    be 
written   for   another   genera 
tion:     and   the    people    that 
shall  be  created  shall  praise 
the  Lord. 

20.  For    He    hath    looked 
down  from  His  high  and  holy 
place,  out  of  heaven  hath  the 
Lord  looked  upon  the  earth. 

21.  That    He    might    heai 


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compeditorum,     ut     solveret 
filios  interemptorum; 

22.  Ut  annuntient  in  Sion 
•aomen    Domini,    et    laudem 
•5Jus  in  Jerusalem; 

23.  In   conveniendo   popu- 
los  in  unum,  et  reges  ut  servi- 
ant  Domino. 

24.  Respondit    ei    in     via 
virtutis  suae:    Paucitatem  di- 
erum  meorum  nuntia  mihi. 

25.  Ne  revoces  me  in  dimi- 
dio  dierum  meorum;  in  gene- 
rationem  et  generationem  an- 
ni  tui. 

26.  Initio  tu,  Domine,  ter- 
ram  fundasti;  et  opera  manu- 
um  tuarum  sunt  coeli. 


27.  Ipsi    peribunt,    tu   au- 
tem  permanes;  et  omnes  si  cut 
vestimentum  veterascent. 

28.  Et     sicut     opertorium 
mutabis  eos,  et  mutabuntur; 
tu  autem  idem  ipse  es,  et  anni 
tui  non  deficient. 

29.  Filii   servorum  tuorum 
habitabunt;  et  semen  eorum 
in  saeculum  dirigetur. 

Gloria  Patri,  etc. 


the  groaning  of  them  that  are 
in  fetters:  that  He  might  de 
liver  the  children  of  the  slain. 

22.  That  they  may  declare 
the  name  of  the  Lord  in  Sion: 
and  His  praise  in  Jerusalem. 

23.  When   the    people    as 
semble   together:    and  kings 
that  they  may  serve  the  Lord. 

24.  He    answered    him    in 
the  way  of  his  strength:   De 
clare  unto  me  the  fewness  of 
my  days. 

25.  Call  me  not  away  in 
the   midst  of  my  days:  Thy 
years    are     unto    generation 
and  generation. 

26.  Thou,     Lord,     in     the 
beginning  didst  lay  the  foun 
dations  of  the  earth :    and  the 
heavens  are  the  work  of  Thy 
hands. 

27.  They  shall  perish  but 
Thou    endurest:     and    they 
all  shall  grow  old  as  a  gar 
ment. 

28.  And  as  a  vesture  shalt 
Thou  change  them,  and  they 
shall  be  changed;    but  Thou 
art  the  same,  and  Thy  years 
shall  riot  fail. 

29.  The   children   of   Thy 
servants  shall  continue;    and 
their  seed  be  directed  for  ever. 

Glory,  etc. 


6.  Psalm  CXXIX.     De  Projundis. 
The  just,  afflicted  by  his  sins,  implores  the  divine  mercy. 

i.  ^\UT   of     the   depths 
^J     have  I  cried  unto 


i.  "T^E     profundis    cla- 
«*— *     mavi  ad  te,  Do 


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mine:    Domine,    exaudi    vo- 
cem  meam. 

2.  Fiant     aures     tuae     in- 
tendentes  in  vocem  depreca- 
tionis  meae. 

3.  Si     iniquitates  observa- 
veris,  Domine:  Domine,  quis 
sustinebit  ? 

4.  Quia  apud  te  propitia- 
tio  est:   et   propter  legem  tu- 
am  sustinui  te,  Domine. 

5.  Sustinuit  anima  mea  in 
verbo  ejus:    speravit    anima 
mea  in  Domino. 

6.  A     custodia     matutina 
usque    ad     noctem:     speret 
Israel  in  Domino. 

7.  Quia    apud    Dominum 
misericordia:  et  copiosa  apud 
eum  redemptio. 

8.  Et  ipse   redimet   Israel, 
ex  omnibus  iniquitatibus  ejus. 

Gloria  Patri,  etc. 


Thee,    O    Lord:    Lord,   hear 
my  voice. 

2.  Let  Thine  ears  be  atten 
tive  to  the  voice  of  my  sup 
plication. 

3.  If  Thou,  O  Lord,  wilt 
mark  iniquities:     Lord,  who 
shall  abide  it  ? 

4.  For  with  Thee  there  is 
merciful  forgiveness:  and  be 
cause   of   Thy    law    I    have 
waited  for  Thee,  O  Lord. 

5.  My  soul  hath  waited  on 
His    word:      my    soul    hath 
hoped  in  the  Lord. 

6.  From  the  morning  watch 
even  until    night    let    Israel 
hope  in  the  Lord. 

7.  For  with  the  Lord  there 
is  mercy:    and  with  Him  is 
plenteous  redemption. 

8.  And    He    shall    redeem 
Israel  from  all  his  iniquities. 

Glory,  etc. 


When  said  for  the  departed: 
Requiem,  etc.  Eternal  rest  give,  etc. 

7.  Psalm  CXLII.     Domine  Exaudi. 

L.  David  prays  for  favor  in  judgment.  3.  He  represents  his  dis 
tress.  He  prays  for  grace;  9.  for  deliverance;  10.  for  sanc- 
tification;  12.  for  victory  over  his  enemies. 

OMINE,      exaudi 


T) 

r*— "  orationem  meam; 
>jiuribus  percipe  obsecrationem 
meam  in  veritate  tua;  exaudi 
me  in  tua  justitia. 

2.  Et  non  intres  in  judi- 
cium  cum  servo  tuo,  quia 
non  justificabitur  in  con- 
spectu  tuo  omnis  vivens. 


1.  *T-J  EAR  my  prayer,  O 
«-•-&     Lord;    give    ear 

to  my  supplication  in  Thy 
truth;  hearken  unto  me  for 
Thy  justice'  sake. 

2.  And  enter  not  into  judg 
ment  with  Thy  servant:    for 
in  Thy  sight  shall  no  man 
living  be  justified. 


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3.  Quia  persecutus  est  ini- 
micus  animam  meam,  humili- 
avit    in    terra    vitam    meam; 
collocavit     me     in     obscuris, 
sicut  mortuos  saeculi. 

4.  Et    anxiatus    est    super 
me    spiritus    meus;     in    me 
turbatum  est  cor  meum. 


5.  Memor  fui  dierum  an- 
tiquorum;   meditatus  sum  in 
omnibus     operibus     tuis,    in 
factis   manuum   tuarum   me- 
ditabar. 

6.  Expandi    manus    meas 
ad  te;   anima  mea  sicut  terra 
sine  aqua  tibi. 

7.  Velociter  exaudi  me,  Do- 
mine;  defecit  spiritus  meus. 

8.  Non  avertas  f aciem  tuam 
a  me,  et  similis  ero  desccn- 
dentibus  in  lacum. 

9.  Auditam  fac  mihi  mane 
misericordiam  tuam,  quia  in 
te  speravi. 

10.  Notam  fac  mihi  viam 
in  qua  ambulem,  quia  ad  te 
levavi  animam  meam. 

11.  Eripe   me   de   inimicis 
meis,  Domine,  ad  te  confugi. 


12.  Doce  me  facere  volun- 
tatem  tuam,  quia  Deus  meus 


3.  For     trie    enemy     hath 
presecuted  my  soul:  he  hath 
brought  my  life   down    unto 
the  ground. 

4.  He    hath   made    me    to 
dwell  in   darkness,   as   those 
that   have   been   long   dead; 
and  my  spirit  is  vexed  within 
me,  my  heart  within  me  is 
troubled. 

5.  I  have  remembered  the 
days  of  old,  I  have  thought 
upon  all  Thy  works:    I  havi 
mused    upon    the    works    of 
Thy  hands. 

6.  I    have   stretched   forth 
my   hands   unto   Thee;    my 
soul  gaspeth  unto  Thee,  as  a 
land  where  no  water  is. 

7.  Hear    me    speedily,    O 
Lord;   my  spirit  hath  fainted 
away. 

8.  Turn    not    away    Thy 
face  from  me:    lest  I  be  like 
unto  them  that  go  down  into 
the  pit. 

9.  Make  me  to  hear  Thy 
mercy   in  the   morning:     for 
in  Thee  have  I  hoped. 

10.  Make  me  to  know  the 
way  wherein  I  should  walk: 
for  to  Thee  have  I  lifted  up 
my  soul. 

11.  Deliver  me  from  mine 
enemies,  O  Lord;   unto  Thee 
have  I  fled:    teach  me  to  do 
Thy  will,   for  Thou  art  my 
God. 

12.  Thy   good   spirit   shall 
lead  me  into  the  right  land: 


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es   tu.     Spiritus   tuns   bonus 
deducet  me  in  terrain  rectam. 

13.  Propter   nomen   tuum, 
Domine,    vivificabis    me;    in 
aequitate  tua,   educes  de  tri- 
bulatione  animam  meam; 

14.  Et  in  misericordia  tua 
disperdes   inimicos   meos,    et 
perdes    omnes  qui    tribulant 
animam  meam,  quoniam  ego 
servus  tuus  sum. 

Gloria  Patri,  etc. 
Ne  reminiscaris,  etc. 


for  Thy  name's  sake,  O 
Lord,  Thou  shalt  quicken  me 
in  Thy  justice. 

13.  Thou   shalt   bring   my 
soul  out  of  trouble:    and  in 
Thy  mercy  Thou  shalt  destroy 
mine  enemies. 

14.  Thou  shalt  destroy  all 
them  that  afflict  my  soul:  for 
I  am  Thy  servant. 


Glory,  etc. 

Ant.  Remember  not,  O 
Lord,  our  offences,  nor  those 
of  our  parents:  neither  take 
Thou  vengeance  on  account 
of  our  sins. 


2>e\>otfons  for  1bol£  Communion. 

flbass  fn  f>onor  of  tbe  ^SlcseeJ)  Sacrament  before 
Communion. 


PREPARATORY   PRAYER. 

FATHER  of  mercies!  Who,  not  content  that 
Thy  only-begotten  Son  should  have  been  once 
offered  a  bleeding  Victim  on  the  cross  for  our  salvation, 
wouldst  have  the  same  most  acceptable  oblation  daily 
repented  in  an  unbloody  manner  upon  our  altars,  to 
apply  to  our  souls  the  fruit  thereof,  grant  that  we  may 
assist  at  this  sublime  sacrifice  with  such  reverence, 
attention,  and  love  as  to  partake  most  plentifully  of  the 
fruits  it  is  intended  to  produce  in  us,  through  the  same 
Jesus  Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

HOLY  tabernacle!  Thou  dost  enclose  the  pre- 
cious  Bread  of  heaven,  the  Food  of  angels,  the 
Eucharistic  Manna  of  the  soul.  How  my  heart  longs 
and  sighs  for  Thee,  O  good,  humble,  gentle  Jesus,  Who 


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art  hidden  in  the  Blessed  Sacrament!  Thou  art  my  Lord, 
my  God,  and  my  all,  and  Thou  wilt  deign  to  come  to  me 
this  day  in  holy  communion.  I  adore  Thee  profoundly, 
with  the  angels  who  surround  Thy  altar-throne  of 
mercy  and  compassion;  I  bless  Thee;  I  thank  Thee;  I 
am  sorry  for  having  offended  Thee,  and  I  love  Thee  now 
with  all  my  heart.  I  wish  to  offer  this  holy  communion 
in  reparation  for  all  the  offences  that  have  been  com 
mitted  against  Thee  in  the  Sacrament  of  Thy  love,  and 
especially  in  atonement  for  my  own  sins  and  negligences. 
I  have  also  some  other  particular  intentions  and  peti 
tions  which  I  now  recommend  to  Thy  Sacred  Heart 
(mention  them),  and  I  shall  approach  the  holy  table 
to-day  with  the  greatest  confidence  that  Thou,  O  Lord, 
wilt  grant  me  all  my  requests. 

Ejaculations. 

/T"\AY  the  Heart  of  Jesus  in  the  Most  Blessed  Sacra- 
**  »  ment  be  praised,  adored,  and  loved  with  grateful 
affection,  at  every  moment,  in  all  the  tabernacles  of  the 
world,  even  to  the  end  of  time.  Amen. 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  a  day. — Pius  IX.,  Feb.  29,  1868. 

OLY  Mary,  Mother  of  God,  St.  John,  evangelist 
and  beloved  disciple  of  Our  Lord,  St.  Thomas 
Aquinas,  St.  Alphonsus  Liguori,  St.  Paschal  Baylon, 
St.  Francis  Xavier,  St.  Aloysius,  St.  Juliana,  Blessed 
Margaret  Mary  Alacoque,  St.  Clara,  St.  Gertrude,  St. 
Mechtildis!  Ye  great  saints  and  lovers  of  Jesus  in  the 
Sacrament  of  His  love,  pray  for  me  that  I  may  receive 
the  Lord  most  worthily  in  holy  communion,  that  I  may 
love  Him  more  and  more,  and  that  I  may  follow  His 
example  and  persevere  in  my  holy  vocation  to  the  end 
of  my  life. 

AT  THE   BEGINNING   OF   MASS. 

I  BELIEVE  in  Thee,  O   Lord  Jesus  Christ,  because 
Thou  art  Truth  itself,  and  Thou  hast  said:   "My 


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flesh  is  meat  indeed;  and  My  blood  is  drink  indeed." 
I  hope  in  Thee,  O  infinite  Mercy,  because  in  Thy  good 
ness  toward  us  Thou  hast  promised  that  "whosoever 
shall  eat  of  this  bread  shall  live  forever."  I  love  Thee, 
O  eternal  Goodness,  above  all  things,  with  that  love 
"which  is  diffused  in  our  hearts  by  the  Holy  Spirit,  Who 
is  given  to  us;"  and  therefore  I  grieve  with  my  whole 
heart  for  the  sins  I  have  committed,  and  I  detest  them, 
with  the  resolution  of  not  sinning  for  the  future.  "A 
contrite  and  humble  heart,  O  God,  Thou  wilt  not 
despise." 

O  my  God,  I  wish  to  be  present  at  the  holy  sacrifice 
of  the  Mass  which  is  about  to  begin,  with  all  possible 
attention  and  devotion,  for  I  believe  it  is  the  very  same 
sacrifice,  offered  up  now  in  an  unbloody  manner,  which 
was  once  offered  up  for  us  on  Calvary.  Help  me,  O 
my  God,  to  be  very  attentive,  and  to  unite  my  intention 
with  that  of  the  priest  in  offering  it  up  to  Thee  as  an 
act  of  adoration,  thanksgiving,  reparation,  and  prayer; 
particularly  to  obtain  the  grace  of  a  good  communion, 
and  a  complete  transformation  of  myself  into  the  like 
ness  of  Jesus  Christ. 

CONFITEOR  AND   KYRIE. 

/~V  MY  God,  give  me  the  purity  and  holiness  necessary 
^-^  to  approach  the  holy  table  in  a  worthy  manner. 
Lord,  I  am  a  poor  sinner.  I  am  heartily  sorry  for  all 
the  sins  of  my  life,  because  by  them  I  have  offended 
Thee,  Who  art  infinitely  good  and  worthy  of  all  love. 
Kyrie  eleison!  Have  mercy  on  me,  according  to  Thy 
great  mercy;  and  according  to  the  multitude  of  Thy 
mercies,  blot  out  my  iniquities. 


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AT   THE   GLORIA   IN   EXCELSIS. 

Give  glory  to  God,  praise  His  goodness,  and  beg  peace 
and  happiness  of  soul,  saying: 

ORY  and  thanks  be  to  Thee,  O  God,  for  having 
worked  such  wonders  for  us,  Thy  creatures,  born 
in  sin.  I  praise,  O  Lord,  Thy  goodness;  I  bless  Thy 
holy  name;  I  adore  Thy  greatness  and  power;  I  beg 
of  Thee  to  infuse  into  my  heart  that  peace  and  joy  which 
Thou  didst  come  on  earth  to  spread  amongst  men. 
Give  me  strength  of  will  against  my  evil  tendencies; 
destroy  my  bad  habits;  help  me  to  do  Thy  will  and 
thus  to  become  a  saint. 

AT   THE   COLLECTS    SAY: 

GOD,  Who,  under  a  wonderful  Sacrament,  hast 
left  us  a  memorial  of  Thy  Passion,  grant,  we 
beseech  Thee,  so  to  venerate  the  sacred  mysteries  of 
Thy  body  and  blood,  that  we  may  ever  feel  within  us 
the  fruit  of  Thy  redemption.  Who  livest  and  reignest 
with  the  Father  in  the  unity  of  the  Holy  Ghost,  now 
and  for  ever.  Amen. 

Give  me  daily  more  and  more,  O  my  God,  Thy  grace 
and  Thy  love,  that  I  may  ke'  '•  my  eyes  fixed  upon 
eternal  things  and  persevere  i  i'hy  service,  until  v/ith 
the  saints  and  angels  I  may  praise  and  glorify  Thee 
for  ever  in  heaven.  Amen. 

AT   THE    EPISTLE. 

E  saints  and  prophets  of  the  Old  Law  desired  to 
see  the  things  that  I  see,  and  did  not  see  them, 
and  to  hear  the  things  that  I  hear,  and  never  heard  them. 
How  ardently  Abraham  and  Moses,  and  David  and 
Daniel,  and  Elias  desired  the  coming  of  this  Redeemer. 
They  saw  the  types  and  figures ;  I  see  the  reality.  Moses 
saw  the  manna  and  the  paschal  lamb;  I  see  the  Bread 


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from  heaven  and  the  Lamb  of  God  Who  takes  Kway 
the  sins  of  the  world.  The  heart  of  David  panted  for 
Thee,  my  God,  as  the  hart  for  the  water-brooks,  and 
Daniel  was  called  "a  man  of  desires."  Oh,  that  I 
could  desire  Thee  as  they  did!  What  a  shame  it  would 
be  if  their  desires  were  more  fervent  than  my  thanks 
giving  now  for  the  favors  and  graces  that  I  have  re 
ceived  through  the  Incarnation  and  Passion  of  Jesus, 
and  especially  through  the  Holy  Eucharist.  I  offer 
Thee  all  their  desires,  and  with  David  I  cry  out:  "What 
have  I  in  heaven  but  Thee?  And,  besides  Thee,  what 
do  I  desire  upon  earth?  Thou  art  the  God  of  my 
heart,  and  my  portion  forever." 

AT   THE    GOSPEL. 

Promise  God  that  you  will  always  listen  with  great  rever 
ence  to  His  word,  saying: 

\Y  Thy  word,  O  my  God,  be  always  a  sweet 
music  to  my  ears,  and  as  honey  to  my  lips.  To 
whom  shall  I  listen  but  to  Thee,  Who  hast  the  words 
of  eternal  life.  The  words  of  men  are  as  chaff  scattered 
by  the  wind,  but  Thy  words  endure  forever.  These 
are  Thy  words,  O  Lord:  "Labor  not  for  the  meat  that 
perisheth,  but  for  that  which  endureth  unto  life  ever 
lasting."  "The  bread  of  God  is  that  which  cometh 
down  from  heaven."  "I  am  the  Bread  of  life;  he  that 
cometh  to  Me  shall  not  hunger,  and  he  that  believeth 
in  Me  shall  not  thirst  forever."  "He  that  eateth  My 
flesh  and  drinketh  My  blood  hath  everlasting  life,  and 
I  will  raise  him  up  at  the  Last  Day."  Thanks  be  to 
God. 

CREDO. 

An  Act  of  Faith,  Adoration,  and  Love. 
MY   God,  I  firmly  believe   that  Thou  art  really, 
truly,    and    substantially    present,    as    God    and 
man,  with  soul  and  body,  with  flesh  and  blood,  in  the 


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Most  Holy  Sacrament  01  the  altar.  I  salute  and  adore 
Thee,  sacred  Host,  Bread  of  angels,  Sanctuary  of  the 
divinity.  My  faith  teaches  me  that  Thou,  O  God,  art 
present  under  the  sacramental  species.  I  believe  that 
these  frail  appearances  conceal  from  us  Thy  human 
ity,  united  to  Thy  divinity.  And  though,  indeed,  this 
sublime  mystery  surpasses  my  understanding,  I  revere 
it  with  joy  and  contemplate  it  with  respect.  I  am  ready 
also  to  give  my  life  as  a  witness  to  this  truth. 

My  dear  Lord  Jesus  in  the  Holy  Eucharist,  I  love 
Thee.  Forgive  my  past  indifference,  my  coldness  and 
neglect  toward  the  Sacrament  of  Thy  love.  Grant 
that  I  may  love  Thee  more  and  more  generously.  My 
kind  Jesus,  I  wish  by  my  presence  at  Mass  this  morn 
ing  to  honor  the  wound  in  Thy  Sacred  Heart,  in  order 
that  through  it  Thou  mayest  pour  Thy  blessings,  accord 
ing  to  Thy  good  pleasure,  on  Thy  friends  and  mine. 
Pardon  my  sins;  establish  Thy  kingdom  in  my  heart; 
reign  therein  supremely.  Raise  a  barrier  against  the 
spirit  of  the  world.  Teach  me  to  transform  my  actions 
-into  as  many  acts  of  love,  so  that  after  having  known 
and  loved  Thee  here  below,  by  the  light  of  faith,  I  may 
behold  Thee  face  to  face  in  all  Thy  glory,  and  love 
Thee  in  heaven  for  all  eternity. 

OFFERTORY. 

Present  yourself  to  God,  begging  of  Him  to  effect  an  entire 
change  in  your  heart. 

JESUS,  Thou  art  all-powerful,  and  it  is  this  power 
which,  through  the  words  of  Thy  priest,  changes 
bread  into  Thy  body,  and  wine  into  Thy  precious  blood. 
O  my  good  God,  do  Thou  work  a  like  change  in  me, 
that  no  longer  of  this  world  as  I  have  hitherto  been,  I 
may  become  truly  spiritual;  that  I  may  seek  after  and 
relish  only  the  things  of  God;  that  grace,  virtue,  and 
heaven  may  be  in  my  eyes  the  only  true  and  solid  goods; 
that,  animated  with  Thy  sentiments,  O  my  Jesus,  I  may 


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be  transformed  into  Thee,  that  Thou  mayest  dwell  in 
me,  and  in  all  those  who  participate  with  me  in  the  bless 
ings  of  Thy  love.  Almighty  God,  receive  my  heart;  I 
unite  it  to  the  sacrifice  Thou  makest  of  Thyself ;  I  place 
it  in  Thy  hands;  transform  and  consecrate  it.  Say  only 
one  word,  and  it  shall  be  entirely  changed  for  the  future, 
following  only  the  sweet  impulse  of  Thy  grace,  which 
shall  make  it  love  virtue.  With  this  offering  of  my 
heart,  O  my  God,  I  consecrate  to  Thee  my  mind,  that 
it  may  know  Thee;  my  body,  that  it  may  be  employed 
in  Thy  service;  my  whole  self,  that  so  I  may  one  day 
find  myself  absorbed  in  Thee. 

AT   THE   SECRET   PRAYERS. 

|^fRACIOUSLY  hear  us,  O  God,  that,  by  virtue 
^&J  of  this  Sacrament,  Thou  mayest  defend  us  from 
all  enemies  both  of  body  and  soul,  and  give  us  grace  in 
this  life  and  glory  in  the  next,  through  Jesus  Christ 
our  Lord.  Amen. 

AT   THE    PREFACE   AND   THE   SANCTUS. 

T  us  give  thanks  to  the  Lord  our  God!  For  it  is 
meet  and  just.  I  give  Thee  thanks,  my  divine 
Saviour,  for  the  institution  of  this  most  wonderful 
Sacrament,  in  which  Thou  hast  bequeathed  to  us  the 
Fountain  of  all  graces,  as  a  perpetual  remembrance 
of  Thy  boundless  love  and  bitter  sufferings.  I  give 
Thee  thanks  for  the  numerous  graces  that  I  have  re 
ceived  through  this  Sacrament  at  Mass,  holy  commun 
ion,  benediction,  and  in  my  visits  before  the  taber 
nacle. 

I  love  Thee,  my  Lord,  and  because  I  love  Thee,  I 
give  myself  entirely  to  Thee.  I  long  to  receive  Thee 
this  day;  however,  while  longing  for  Thee,  dear  Jesus, 
to  come  into  my  heart,  and  to  unite  Thyself  to  me  as 
the  best  of  all  friends,  I  must  not  forget  Thy  might  and 


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majesty.  How  great  and  glorious,  how  wise  and  beau 
tiful  art  Thou,  O  my  God!  How  presumptuous  it  would 
be  to  entertain  the  desire  to  come  so  near  to  Thee,  hadst 
not  Thou  Thyself  invited  me.  I  am  a  poor  sinner; 
yet  I  love  Thee,  and  because  Thou  art  good,  I  am  sorry 
for  having  offended  Thee.  And  though  I  believe  that 
Thou,  the  great  God,  art  coming  into  my  heart,  I  do 
not  lose  my  awe  and  reverence  for  Thee,  but  can  only 
wonder  at  Thy  marvelous  goodness  and  condescension. 
Let  me,  then,  join  my  feeble  voice  to  that  of  the  thou 
sands  of  angels  who  surround  Thy  throne,  singing 
before  Thee  in  unceasing  chorus:  Holy,  Holy,  Holy, 
Lord  God  of  hosts!  The  heavens  and  the  earth  are 
full  of  Thy  glory.  Hosanna  in  the  highest!  Blessed 
is  He  that  cometh  in  the  name  of  the  Lord,  Who  is  about 
to  descend  upon  this  altar,  and  come  into  my  very  heart 
to  bless  me  and  to  fill  me  with  the  treasures  of  grace 
and  the  riches  of  His  love.  Hosanna  in  the  highest! 

AT   THE   CANON. 

Memento  for  the  Living. 

IN  this  holy  sacrifice,  O  Lord  and  Saviour,  Jesus 
Christ,  Thou  art  the  Mediator  between  the  heavenly 
Father  and  sinful  man;  Thou  art  the  High-Priest  ap 
pointed  for  man  to  present  his  petitions  to  his  God. 
Therefore  I  implore  Thee  to  hearken  to  my  prayer,  not 
only  for  myself  but  also  for  all  for  whom  I  am  in  charity 
bound  to  pray.  Obtain  for  us  through  this  holy  sacri 
fice  the  remission  of  our  sins,  mercy,  and  reconciliation 
with  the  heavenly  Father;  imbue  us  with  strength  and 
valor  in  the  warfare  against  the  enemies  of  our  soul; 
give  us  fortitude  and  fidelity  in  the  pursuit  of  virtues; 
aid  us  in  the  practice  of  all  good  works,  and  bless  us 
with  the  grace  of  final  perseverance.  Permit  me  to 
offer  my  supplications  for  the  peace  and  prosperity  of 
Thy  holy  Church;  bless  and  protect  the  Holy  Father, 


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Thy  vicar  on  earth ;  have  mercy  on  the  bishops,  priests, 
Religious,  and  all  who  labor  in  Thy  vineyard;  animate 
them  with  zeal  for  the  sanctification  and  salvation  of 
souls.  Inflame  their  hearts  with  divine  charity;  render 
their  lives  as  holy  as  the  law  they  inculcate;  make  them 
all  according  to  Thine  own  divine  Heart,  and  let  their 
light  so  shine  before  men  that  they,  seeing  their  good 
works,  may  glorify  the  Father  Who  is  in  heaven.  Par 
don  the  sinners  and  convert  all  to  the  true  faith.  O  ye 
holy  apostles,  martyrs,  and  virgins,  whom  the  Church 
remembers  in  the  Canon  of  the  Mass,  intercede  for  us, 
for  all  our  friends,  relatives,  benefactors,  and  for  all 
those  to  whom  we  have  promised  our  prayers,  that  the 
good  God  may  give  them  that  grace  which  will  most 
help  them  to  save  their  souls,  to  lead  a  quiet  and  peace 
ful  life  in  this  world,  and  to  be  happy  with  Thee  for  ever 
in  heaven.  And  do  Thou,  O  divine  Saviour,  gra 
ciously  condescend  to  come  now  upon  our  altar,  to  bless 
Thy  servants  who  kneel  before  Thee  in  profound  adora 
tion. 

AT   THE   CONSECRATION    AND    ELEVATION. 

OUR  dear  Lord  is  now  coming  down  on  the  altar.  When 
the  priest  pronounces  the  words  of  consecration,  troops 
of  angels  descend  from  heaven  to  adore  their  God  at  that  most 
solemn  moment.  When  the  bell  rings  and  the  sacred  Host 
and  the  precious  blood  are  elevated,  first  lift  up  your  eyes  to 
your  God  with  holy  faith,  strong  hope,  and  ardent  love;  then 
bow  the  head  in  deepest  adoration,  praise  Him  with  the 
heavenly  host,  thank  Him,  make  atonement  by  compunction 
of  heart  and  beg  Him  by  His  precious  blood,  here  truly  pres 
ent  on  the  altar,  to  purify  your  soul  from  every  stain  and  pre 
pare  it  to  receive  Him  worthily. 

Adoremus  in  <zternum  Sanctissimum  Sacr amentum  I 
Indulgenced,  prayer  at  the  elevation  during  Mass. 
£>f  ALVE.  salutaris  Victima,     *Tp^  AIL,  saving  Victim,  of- 
J^     pro   me   et   omni     hu-     «•*-&     fered  on  the  gibbet  of 
mano  genere  in  natibulo  cru-     the  cross  for  me  and  for  the 
cis  oblata.  whole     human     race.     Hail, 


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Salve,  pretiose  Sanguis,  de  precious  blood,  flowing  from 

vulneribus  Crucifixi  Domini  the  wounds  of  our  crucified 

nostri  Jesu  Christi  profluens,  Lord  Jesus  Christ  and  wash- 

et  peccata  totius  mundi  ablu-  ing  away  the  sins  of  the  whole 

ens.  world.  Remember,  O  Lord, 

Recordare,  Domine,  ere-  Thy  creature  that  Thou  hast 

aturae  tuie,  quam  tuo  pretioso  redeemed  by  Thy  precious 

Sanguine  redemisti.  blood. 

Indulgence  of  60  days,  once  a  day. — Leo  XIII.,  June  30,  1893. 

Ejaculation. 

O  SACRAMENT  most  holy!  O  Sacrament  divine! 
All  praise  and  all  thanksgiving  be  every  moment  Thine! 
Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  during  each  Mass,  when  said  at 
the  elevation.— Pius  VII.,  Dec.  7,  1819. 

AFTER    THE    ELEVATION. 

Memento  jor  the  Dead. 

Reflect  on  the  happiness  you  are  about  to  receive  at  holy 
communion.  Make  acts  of  love  and  longing  desire,  coupled 
with  sorrow  for  sins.  Pray  for  the  faithful  departed. 

OLORD  Jesus  Christ,  on  Whose  glory  the  angels 
and  saints  in  heaven  gaze  with  rapturous  delight, 
Thou  hast  deigned  out  of  love  for  us  to  come  down 
from  Thy  bright  and  happy  heaven,  to  veil  Thy  beauty 
under  the  appearances  of  bread  and  wine,  to  dwell 
upon  our  poor  altar,  and  art  even  now  ready  to  come 
into  our  hearts.  Would  that  my  soul  were  adorned 
with  all  those  flowers  of  virtue,  which  my  good  Jesus 
desires  to  find  at  His  coming.  In  my  poverty,  I  must 
appeal  to  Thyself,  my  Lord,  and  I  therefore  beg  of 
Thee,  when  Thou  comest  into  my  heart,  to  plant  there 
the  seed  of  every  flower  that  is  pleasing  to  Thee.  I 
promise  Thee  to  water  and  nourish  them  all  by  prayer 
and  self-denial,  so  that  every  time  Thou  comest  into 
my  heart  Thou  mayest  find  them  growing  and  flourish 
ing  more  and  more.  I  know,  O  my  God,  the  work 
of  keeping  them  alive  will  be  difficult  to  flesh  and  blood, 


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but  I  am  willing  to  work  hard  for  Thee,  and  I  trust 
also  in  Thee  to  water  them  plentifully  with  grace  as  with 
dew  from  heaven. 

My  God,  have  pity  on  the  poor  holy  souls  in  purga 
tory,  who  are  longing  to  get  to  Thee — longing  more 
to  see  Thy  face  than  to  be  freed  from  the  fierce  flames 
in  which  Thy  justice  is  obliged  to  keep  them,  till  their 
debt  is  paid.  I  offer  Thee  the  precious  blood  of  Jesus; 
I  offer  Thee  the  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus  to  pay  their  debt. 
Eternal  rest  give  unto  them,  O  Lord,  and  may  perpetual 
light  shine  upon  them. 

AT   THE   PATER   NOSTER. 

Say  the  "Our  Father"  slowly  and  devoutly. 

AT  THE   AGNUS   DEI. 

Beg  of  God  once  more  to  forget  and.  forgive  your  past  negli 
gence  and  sin,  saying: 

r\  SWEET  and  gentle  Son  of  God,  Who  wast  "led 
^-^  like  a  lamb  to  the  slaughter  without  opening  Thy 
mouth."  O  Thou,  Whose  blood  was  shed  to  wash 
away  the  sins  of  the  world,  cleanse  my  soul  once  more 
in  that  saving  bath,  that  it  may  be  pure  and  bright  and 
altogether  spotless  when  Thou  comest  to  take  up  Thy 
abode  within  me.  May  Thy  coming  bring  joy  and 
peace  to  my  soul,  that  peace  which  the  world  can  not 
give,  because  it  does  not  possess  it.  May  this  holy 
communion  not  be  for  my  judgment  and  condemnation, 
but  for  my  pardon  and  salvation. 

AT  THE  "DOMINE,  NON  SUM  DIGNUS." 

Humble  yourself  before  God,  acknowledging  your  noth 
ingness  and  unworthiness.  Desire  to  receive  Jesus,  your 
dear  Lord. 

*T"~!ORD,  I  am  not  worthy  that  Thou  shouldst  come 
« *  •*  into  my  breast;  for  what  am  I,  or  what  have  I 


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ever  done  to  merit  this  wonderful  favor?  I  have  often 
displeased  Thee;  yet,  though  I  am  not  worthy  of  Thy  love 
and  condescension,  I  am  truly  sorry  for  having  offended 
Thee,  and  I  will  approach  Thee  with  hope  and  confidence, 
because  Thou  Thyself  dost  invite  me  in  Thy  goodness 
and  mercy.  I  am  now  about  to  go  to  the  holy  table, 
drawn  thither  by  the  sweet  attractions  of  Thy  love. 
Oh,  I  desire  most  earnestly  to  receive  Thee,  my  dear 
Lord,  in  holy  communion. 

"  Comfort  my  poor  soul  distressed; 
Come  and  dwell  within  my  breast; 
Oh,  how  oft  I  sigh  for  Thee! 
Jesus,  Jesus,  come  to  me." 

I  place  myself  in  Thy  hands,  O  my  God,  to  do  with 
me  what  Thou  wilt.  My  heart  is  ready,  O  my  God; 
my  heart  is  ready,  and  is  longing  for  Thee.  Come, 
establish  Thy  kingdom  in  my  soul  ;  take  possession  of 
my  heart. 

THANKSGIVING   AFTER   HOLY   COMMUNION. 


hast  come  at  last,  O  dear  Lord,  into  my 
heart.  O  my  beloved,  let  me  never  again  be 
separated  from  Thee  by  sin.  O  Jesus,  my  God,  I 
adere  Thee;  I  believe  in  Thee;  I  hope  in  Thee;  I  love 
Thee  with  all  my  heart.  I  thank  Thee  for  coming  to 
me,  a  poor  sinner.  I  am  truly  sorry  for  having  dis 
pleased  Thee  so  often  and  so  grievously.  I  pray  Thee 
to  bless  me,  that  I  may  love  Thee  and  become  like  Thee 
more  and  more.  Adore  my  Jesus,  my  God,  ye  blessed 
angels  and  saints  of  heaven  —  adore  and  praise  and 
glorify  my  God  for  me! 

Let  my  soul,  O  Lord,  feel  the  sweetness  of  Thy  pres 
ence.  Let  me  taste  how  sweet  Thou  art,  O  Lord!  that, 
being  allured  by  Thy  love,  I  may  never  sin  by  running 
passionately  after  worldly  pleasures.  "Thou  art  the 
God  of  my  heart  and  the  God  that  is  my  portion  for  ever." 


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O  Thou  Lamb  of  God,  Who  takest  away  the  sins  of 
the  world,  take  away  from  me  whatever  may  hurt  me 
md  displease  Thee.  Give  me  what  Thou  knowest 
lo  be  pleasing  to  Thee  and  profitable  to  myself. 

O  my  God  and  my  all!   may  the  sweet  flame  of  Thy 
ove  consume  my  soul,  that  so  I  may  die  to  the  world 
)or  love  of  Thee,  Who  hast  vouchsafed  to  die  upon  the 
cross  for  love  of  me. 

How  poor  a  dwelling-place  is  my  heart  for  Thee,  O 
Lord  of  glory!  What  is  it  but  a  poor  human  heart,  full 
even  yet  of  worldliness  and  selfish  desires?  I  trust  in 
Thee.  I  pray  Thee  to  drive  all  selfishness  away  from  it, 
and  to  leave  in  it  a  great  desire  of  pleasing  Thee  and  of 
being  kind  to  others,  because  they  all  have  souls  for 
which  Thou  didst  shed  Thy  life's  blood  upon  the  cross. 
Bless  me,  O  my  God,  and  grant  that  Thy  holy  will 
may  be  done  in  me  and  through  me  for  ever. 

Suscipe. 

Take,  O  Lord,  and  receive  all  my  liberty,  my  memory,  my 
understanding,  and  my  whole  will.  Thou  hast  given  me  all 
that  I  am,  and  all  that  I  possess.  I  surrender  it  all  to  Thee, 
that  Thou  mayest  dispose  of  it  according  to  Thy  will.  Give 
me  only  Thy  love  and  Thy  grace;  with  these  I  will  be  rich 
enough,  and  will  have  no  more  to  desire. — St.  Ignatius  Loyola. 

Anima  Chrlsti,  as  on  page  213. 
AT   THE   BLESSING   SAY: 

QAY  Thy  blessing,  O  Lord,  descend  upon  us  all, 
that  we  may  love  Thee  and  love  one  another  for 
Thy  sake.     In  the  name  of  the  Father,  and  of  the  Son, 
and  of  the  Holy  Ghost.     Amen. 

AT   THE   LAST   GOSPEL   SAY: 

///I  HAT  a  wonderful  invention  of  Thy  love  it  was, 
^^**  O  my  God,  to  become  man  like  one  of  us,  to 
redeem  us,  and  to  teach  us  how  to  live  in  a  manner 


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worthy  of  our  high  dignity  as  children  of  God,  instead 
of  living  as  the  brutes  that  perish.  Left  to  ourselves, 
what  would  have  become  of  us?  We  should  have 
been  as  mere  animals,  taking  pleasure  only  in  what 
gratifies  or  pleases  the  senses.  But  Thou  hast  taught 
us  to  raise  up  our  thoughts  to  Thee,  and  to  journey 
onward  through  weariness  and  toil  to  our  true  and 
lasting  country  in  heaven.  There  we  shall  rest  from 
our  trouble,  and  enjoy  the  sight  of  Thy  magnificence 
and  glory  for  ever.  Amen. 

after  flfcass  anfc  Communion, 
THANKSGIVING. 

(From  the  Roman  Missal.) 

THE  BENEDICITE,  OR  SONG  OF  THE  THREE  CHILDREN. 

Antiphon.    *T-^ET  us  sing  the  song  of  the  three  children. 
«J— *     O  all  ye  works  of  the  Lord,  bless  the 
Lord:  praise  and  exalt  Him  above  all  for  ever. 

O  ye  angels  of  the  Lord,  bless  the  Lord:  bless  the  Lord,  ye 
heavens. 

O  all  ye  waters  that  are  above  the  heavens,  bless  the  Lord: 
bless  the  Lord,  all  ye  powers  of  the  Lord. 

O  ye  sun  and  moon,  bless  the  Lord:    bless  the  Lord,  ye 
stars  of  heaven. 

O  all  ye  showers  and  dew,  bless  ye  the  Lord:    bless  the 
Lord,  all  ye  spirits  of  God. 

O  ye  fire  and  heat,  bless  the  Lord:    bless  the  Lord,  ye 
winter  and  summer. 

O  ye  dews  and  hoar-frost,  bless  the  Lord:   bless  the  Lord, 
ye  frost  and  cold. 

'  O  ye  ice  and  snow,  bless  the  Lord:  bless  the  Lord,  ye 
nights  and  days. 

O  ye  light  and  darkness,  bless  the  Lord:   bless  the  Lord, 
ye  lightnings  and  clouds. 

O  let  the  earth  bless  the  Lord:   let  it  praise  and  exalt  Him 
above  all  for  ever. 


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O  ye  mountains  and  hills,  bless  the  Lord:  bless  the  Lord, 
all  things  that  spring  forth  upon  the  earth. 

O  ye  fountains,  bless  the  Lord:  bless  the  Lord,  ye  seas  and 
floods. 

O  ye  whales,  and  all  that  move  in  the  waters,  bless  the 
Lord:  bless  the  Lord,  all  ye  fowls  of  the  air. 

O  all  ye  beasts  and  cattle,  bless  the  Lord:  bless  the  Lord, 
ye  sons  of  men. 

Let  Israel  bless  the  Lord:  let  him  praise  and  exalt  Him 
above  all  for  ever. 

O  ye  priests  of  the  Lord,  bless  the  Lord:  bless  the  Lord, 
ye  servants  of  the  Lord. 

O  ye  spirits  and  souls  of  the  just,  bless  the  Lord:  bless  the 
Lord,  O  ye  holy  and  humble  of  heart. 

O  ANANIAS,  Azarias,  and  Misael,  bless  ye    the    Lord: 
praise  and  exalt  Him  above  all  for  ever. 
Let  us  bless  the  Father,  and  the  Son,  with  the  Holy  Ghost: 
let  us  praise  and  exalt  Him  above  all  for  ever. 

Blessed  art  Thou,  O  Lord,  in  the  firmament  of  heaven: 
and  worthy  to  be  praised  and  glorified,  and  exalted  above  all 
for  ever. 

PSALM  CL. 

*T£)RAISE  the  Lord  in  His  holy  places:  praise  Him  in  the 
*•• —  firmament  of  His  power. 

Praise  Him  in  His  mighty  acts:  praise  Him  according  to 
the  multitude  of  His  greatness. 

Praise  Him  with  the  sound  of  the  trumpet:  praise  Him 
with  psaltery  and  harp. 

Praise  Him  with  timbrel  and  choir:  praise  Him  with 
strings  and  organs. 

Praise  Him  upon  the  high-sounding  cymbals:  praise  Him 
upon  cymbals  of  joy:  let  every  spirit  praise  the  Lord. 

Glory  be  to  the  Father,  and  to  the  Son,  and  to  the  Holy 
Ghost.  Amen. 

Antiphon.  Let  us  sing  the  song  of  the  three  children 
which  the  holy  souls  sang  in  the  fiery  furnace,  blessing  the 
Lord. 

Lord,  have  mercy. 

Christ,  have  mercy. 


416  Devotions  for  Holy  Communion. 

Lord,  have  mercy. 

Our  Father  (inaudibly). 

V.  And  lead  us  not  into  temptation. 

R.  But  deliver  us  from  evil. 

V.  Let  all  Thy  works,  O  Lord,  praise  Thee. 

R.  And  let  Thy  saints  bless  Thee. 

V.  The  saints  shall  rejoice  in  glory. 

R.  They  shall  be  joyful  in  their  place  of  rest. 

V.  Not  unto  us,  O  Lord,  not  unto  us. 

R.  But  unto  Thy  name  give  the  glory. 

V.  O  Lord,  hear  my  prayer. 

R.  And  let  my  cry  come  unto  Thee. 

Let  us  pray. 

OGOD,    Who    for   the   three   children   didst  check    the 
flames  of  fire  :    mercifully  grant  that  the  flames  of  sin 
may  not  consume  us  Thy  servants. 


,  we  beseech  Thee,  O  Lord,  our  actions  by  Thy 
inspiration,  and  give  to  as  Thy  continual  help;  that 
every  prayer  and  work  of  ours  may  always  begin  with  Thee, 
and  through  Thee  be  brought  to  an  end. 

"TT'OUCHSAFE,  O    Lord,   to    extinguish    within    us    the 
V      flames  of  vice,  as  Thou  didst  grant  to  Blessed  Lawrence 
grace    to   arise    whole    from    his   fiery    torments.     Through 
Christ  our  Lord.     Amen. 

PRAYER   OF   ST.    THOMAS   AQUINAS. 

I  GIVE  Thee  thanks,  eternal  Father,  for  having, 
out  of  Thy  pure  mercy,  without  any  deserts  of 
mine,  been  pleased  to  feed  my  soul  with  the  body  and 
blood  of  Thy  only  Son,  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ.  I  be 
seech  Thee  that  this  holy  communion  may  not  be  to  my 
condemnation,  but  prove  an  effectual  remission  of  all 
my  sins.  May  it  strengthen  my  faith;  encourage  me 
in  all  that  is  good;  deliver  me  from  my  vicious  cus 
toms;  remove  all  concupiscence;  perfect  me  in  charity, 
patience,  humility,  and  obedience,  and  in  ail  other  vir- 


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tues.  May  it  secure  me  against  all  the  snares  of  my 
enemies,  both  visible  and  invisible;  perfectly  moderate 
all  my  inclinations,  closely  unite  me  to  Thee,  the  true 
and  only  good,  and  happily  settle  me  in  unchangeable 
bliss.  I  now  make  it  my  hearty  request,  that  Thou  wilt 
one  day  admit  me,  though  an  unworthy  sinner,  to  be  a 
guest  at  Thy  divine  banquet,  where  Thou,  with  Thy 
Son  and  the  Holy  Ghost,  art  the  true  light,  eternal  ful 
ness,  everlasting  joy,  and  perfect  happiness  of  all  the 
saints,  through  the  same  Jesus  Christ  our  Lord.  Amen. 

PRAYER   OF    ST.    BONAVENTURE. 

SWEETEST  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  pierce,  I  beseech 
Thee,  the  inmost  marrow  of  my  soul  with  the 
tender  and  life-giving  wound  of  Thy  love,  with  true, 
and  calm,  and  apostolical  charity,  so  that  my  whole 
soul  may  ever  languish  and  faint  for  love  of  Thee,  and 
for  desire  of  Thee  alone.  May  it  long  for  Thee,  and 
pine  for  Thee  in  the  courts  of  Thy  house;  may  it  desire 
to  be  dissolved  and  to  be  with  Thee.  Grant  that  my 
soul  may  hunger  for  Thee,  Thou  Bread  of  angels,  Thou 
refreshment  of  holy  souls,  our  daily  supersubstantial 
bread,  having  all  manner  of  sweetness  and  savor,  and 
all  most  thrilling  delights.  May  my  heart  ever  hunger 
for  Thee  and  feed  on  Thee,  on  Whom  angels  long  to 
look;  and  may  my  inmost  soul  be  filled  with  the  sweet 
ness  of  the  taste  of  Thee.  May  it  ever  thirst  for  Thee, 
Thou  well  of  life,  Thou  fountain  of  wisdom  and  knowl 
edge,  Thou  source  of  everlasting  light,  Thou  torrent 
of  pleasure,  Thou  richness  and  abundance  of  the  house 
of  God;  may  it  ever  yearn  toward  Thee,  seek  Thee,  find 
Thee,  tend  toward  Thee,  attain  to  Thee,  meditate  ever 
on  Thee,  speak  of  Thee,  and  do  all  things  to  the  praise 
and  glory  of  Thy  name,  with  humility  end  discretion, 
with  love  and  delight,  with  ready  caie  and  glad  affec 
tion,  with  perseverance  even  to  the  end;  an-u  do  Thou 


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be  alone  and  evermore  my  hope,  my  whole  trust,  mv 
riches,  my  delight,  my  joy,  my  rest  and  my  tranquillity, 
my  peace  and  my  sweet  contentment,  my  fragrance 
and  my  sweetness,  my  food  and  my  refreshment,  my 
refuge  and  my  help,  my  wisdom,  my  portion,  my  pos 
session,  and  my  treasure,  in  Whom  my  mind  and  my 
heart  may  ever  remain  fixed  and  firm,  and  rooted  im 
movably  for  evermore.  Amen. 

ADORO   TE  DEVOTE,   LATENS  DEITAS. 
Rhythm  0}  St.  Thomas  Aquinas. 

*TT*DORO  Te  devote,  la-  JJ^HEE  prostrate  I  adore— 

*}<-*->     tens  Deitas,  Vi/     the     Deity    that     lies 

Quae  sub  his  figuris  vere  la-  Beneath  these  humble  veils, 

titas;  concealed    from    human 

eyes; 

fibi  se  cor  meum  totum  subji-  My  heart  doth  wholly  yield, 
cit,  subjected  to  Thy  sway, 


Quia  Te  contemplans,  totum 
deficit. 


For   contemplating 

wholly  faints  away. 


Visus,    tactus,    gustus  in   Te     The    sight,    the    touch,    the 


fallitur 

Sed   auditu   solo   tuto   credi- 

tur: 
Credo     quidquid     dixit     Dei 

Filius, 
Nil      hoc      verbo      veritatis 

verius. 

In  cruce  latebat  sola  Deitas, 

At  hie  latet  simul  et  humani- 

tas: 
Ambo   tamen  credens,  atque 

confitens, 
Peto  quod   petivit  latro   pce- 

nitens. 


taste,  in  Thee  are  here 

deceived ; 
But  by  the  ear  alone  this  truth 

is  safe  believed; 
I  hold  whate'er  the  Son  of 

God  hath  said  to  me ; 
Than  His  blest  word  of  truth 

no  word  can  truer  be. 

Upon  the  cross  Thy  Godhead 

only  was  concealed  ; 
But  here  Thy  manhood,  too, 

doth  lie  as  deeply  veiled ; 
And  yet,  in  both  these  truths 

confessing  my  belief, 
I  pray  as  prayed  to  Thee  the 

poor,  repentant  thief. 


Plagas,  sicut  Thomas,  non  I  see  not  with  mine  eyes  Thy 

intueor,  wounds,  as  Thomas  saw; 

Deum  tamen  meuni  Te  conn-  Yet  own  Thee  for  my  God 

teor :  with  equal  love  and  awe : 


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419 


Fac   me    tibi    semper    magis 

credere, 
In  Te  spem  habere,  Te  dili- 

gere. 

O  memoriale  mortis  Do 
mini, 

Panis  vivus  vitam   praestans 

homini : 
Praesta    meae    menti    de    Te 

vivere, 
Et  Te  illi  semper  dulce  sa- 

pere. 

Pie  pelicane  Jesu  Domine, 

Me  immundum  munda  tuo 
Sanguine: 

Cujus  una  stilla  salvum  fa- 
cere 

Totum  mundum  quit  at  omni 
scelere. 


velatum    nunc 


Oh,  grant  me  that  my  faith 
may  ever  firmer  be, 

That  all  my  hope  and  love 
may  still  repose  in  Thee. 

Memorial  sweet,  that  shows 

the    death   of    my    dear 

Lord; 
Thou  living  Bread,  that  life 

dost  unto  man  afford; 
Oh,  grant  that  this  my  soul 

may  ever  live  on  Thee, 
That  Thou  mayst  evermore 

its  only  sweetness  be. 

O  mystic  Pelican,  Jesus,  my 

loving  Lord, 
Cleanse  me  of  my  defilements 

in  Thy  blood  adored, 
Whereof   one    only   drop,    in 

Thy  sweet  mercy  spilt, 
Would    have    the    power    to 

cleanse  the  world  of  all 

its  guilt. 


Jesu,     quern 

aspicio, 
Oro,    fiat    illud, 

sitio, 
Lit  Te  revelata  cernens  facie, 

Visu  sim  beatus  tuae  glorias. 
Amen. 


O  Jesus,  lying  here  concealed 

before  mine  eye, 

quod    tarn     I  pray  Thou  grant  me  that 
for  which  I  ceaseless  sigh, 
To    see    the    vision    clear   of 

Thine  unveiled  face, 
Blest  with  the  glories  bright 
that    fill    Thy    dwelling- 
place. 

(The  following  is  usually  said  ajter  every  stanza}: 

AIL,  Jesus,  hail;  do  Thou,  good  Shepherd  of  the 

sheep, 
Increase  in  all  true  hearts  the  faith  they  fondly  keep. 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  after  holy  communion. — Leo  XIII., 
June  15,  1895. 

Ejaculation. 

My  sweetest  Jesus,  be  not  my  Judge,  but  my  Saviour. 
Indulgence  of  50  days. — Pius  IX.,  Aug.  n,  1851. 


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Devotions  for  Holy  Communion, 


INDUI.GENCED  PRAYER  BEFORE  A  CRUCIFIX.* 


[N  ego,  O  bone 
et  dulcissime 
Jesu,  ante  con- 
spectum  tuum 
genibus  me  provol- 
vo  ac  maximo  ani- 
mi  ardore  Te  oro 
atque  obtestor,  ut 
meum  in  cor  vividos 
fidei,  spei,  et  chari- 
tatis  sensus,  atque  veram 
peccatorum  meorum  poeniten- 
tiam,  eaque  emendandi  firmis- 
imam  voluntatem  velis  im- 
primere:  dum  magno  animi 
affectu  et  dolore  tua  quinque 
vulnera  mecum  ipse  consi- 
dero,  ac  mente  contemplor, 
illud  prae  oculis  habens  quod 
jam  in  ore  ponebat  tuo  David 
propheta  de  Te,  O  bone  Jesu : 
"  Foderunt  manus  meas  et 
pedes  meos:  dinumeraverunt 
omnia  ossa  mea." 

A  plenary  indulgence,  which  can  be  applied  to  the  souls  in 
purgatory,  may  be  gained  by  the  faithful  who,  after  having  con 
fessed  their  sins  with  sorrow  and  received  holy  communion,  shall 
devoutly  recite  the  above  prayer  before  an  image  or  picture  of 
Christ  crucified,  and  pray  for  the  intentions  of  the  Holy  Father. — 
Pius  IX.,  July  31,  1858. 

COR    SANCTISSIMUM   JESU! 

Cor      Sanctissimum     Jesu         Most  Sacred  Heart  of  Jesus! 


BEHOLD,  O  kind  and 
sweetest  Jesus,  I  cast 
myself  upon  my  knees  in  Thy 
sight,  and  with  the  most 
fervent  desire  of  my  soul  I 
pray  and  beseech  Thee  to 
impress  upon  my  heart  lively 
sentiments  of  faith,  hope,  and 
charity,  with  true  repentence 
for  my  sins,  and  a  firm  purpose 
of  amendment,  whilst  with 
deep  affection  and  grief  of 
soul  I  ponder  within  myself, 
and  mentally  contemplate 
Thy  five  wounds;  having 
before  my  eyes  that  which 
David  spoke  in  prophecy  of 
Thee,  O  good  Jesus:  "They 
have  pierced  My  hands  and 
My  feet ;  they  have  numbered 
all  My  bones." 


amas!  Non  amaris!    Utinam 
ameris! 


Thou  lovest!  Thou  art  not 
loved !  Would  that  Thou  wert 
loved ! 

EART  of  my  Creator,  lead  me  to  perfection. 

Heart  of  my  Redeemer,  deliver  me. 
Heart  of  my  Judge,  pardon  me. 
Heart  of  my  Father,  guide  me. 

*  Another  English  veision  of  this  prayer  is  given  on  page  213. 
iri  is  the  version  used  most  frequently  in  the  United  State*. 


Petitions  and  Offerings  after  Holy  Communion.      421 

Heart  of  my  Spouse,  love  me. 
Heart  of  my  Brother,  tarry  with  me. 
Heart  of  my  Teacher,  instruct  me. 
Heart  of  my  King,  be  my  crown. 
Heart  of  my  Benefactor,  enrich  me. 
Heart  of  my  Pastor,  guard  me. 
Heart  of  my  Friend,  be  my  shelter. 

Heart  of  the  Infant  Jesus,  draw  me,  that  I  may  love  Thee 
and  be  evermore  closely  united  to  Thee. 

Let-  us  pray. 

beseech  Thee,  Lord,  may  Thy  Holy  Spirit  set  us 
on  fire  with  that  love  which  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ 
cast  out  of  the  depths  of  His  Heart  into  the  world  and  greatly 
wished  should  be  enkindled. 


petitions  ano  ©fferin^s  after  t>ol£ 
Communion, 


Thou  hast  been  pleased,  most  loving  Jesus, 
to  come  and  dwell  within  my  heart,  I  expect 
many  favors  of  Thee;  for  how  canst  Thou  refuse  to 
give  me  Thy  gifts,  since  Thou  hast  given  me  Thyself? 
No,  this  is  not  possible,  my  dearest  Lord,  and  therefore 
I  feel  the  strongest  confidence  of  obtaining  all  from 
Thy  goodness.  I  confess,  O  Lord,  that  I  deserve  noth 
ing;  but  the  more  undeserving  I  am,  the  more  is  Thy 
goodness  glorified  in  bestowing  Thy  grace  upon  me.  I 
ask,  then,  O  most  loving  Redeemer,  a  full  pardon  and 
remission  of  the  guilt  of  all  my  sins,  which  I  once  more 
detest  and  abominate  with  all  my  heart;  and  for  the 
remission  of  the  temporal  punishment  which  is  due  for 
them,  I  desire  to  gain  all  the  indulgences  I  can,  and 
beseech  Thee  to  give  me  the  grace  to  accomplish  this 
purpose. 

By  Thy  most  precious  blood,  by  Thy  body,  soul,  and 
divinity,  which  I  have  this  morning  received,  I  beg  of 
Thee  with  all  humility  to  cleanse  my  heart  from  all 


422     Petitions  and  Offerings  after  Holy  Communion. 

defilement.  Create,  O  my  Jesus,  a  clean  heart  within 
me,  and  grant  me  a  new  spirit  truly  just  and  upright. 
Fill  it  with  all  the  gifts  of  Thy  Holy  Spirit,  and  adorn 
it  with  every  virtue,  especially  with  humility,  patience, 
meekness,  and  mortification.  Detach  my  heart  from 
all  created  things,  fashion  it  after  Thine  own  most  Sacred 
Heart,  and  unite  it  for  ever  to  Thyself  in  the  bonds  of 
perfect  charity.  Give  me  strength  and  courage  to 
resist  bravely  all  temptations  until  death;  I  purpose  to 
banish  them  at  once,  and  promise  to  avoid  every  occa 
sion  of  sin.  But,  my  Lord,  Thou  knowest  that  of  myself 
I  can  do  nothing,  and  therefore  I  implore  Thee  to  help 
me  and  to  strengthen  me  by  Thy  blood. 

I  beseech  Thee  to  engrave  upon  my  heart  so  lively  a 
remembrance  of  Thy  Passion  and  death,  and  the  bitter 
sorrows  of  my  Mother  Mary,  that  they  may  be  my  con 
tinual  meditation  night  and  day;  so  that  henceforth 
and  to  my  last  breath  I  may  dwell  on  Calvary  at  the 
foot  of  Thy  cross,  in  company  with  our  dear  Lady  of 
sorrows. 

I  beseech  Thee,  too,  my  dearest  Lord,  most  earnestly, 
to  give  me  the  grace  to  free  myself  once  for  all  from  the 
passion  which  most  predominates  in  me,  and  the  sin  I 
most  often  fall  into.  (Here  mention  the  particular  pas 
sion,  or  sin,  or  fault.)  I  ask  moreover  for  those  tem 
poral  graces  Thou  knowest  to  be  most  expedient  for  me, 
for  Thy  greater  glory  and  the  salvation  of  my  soul;  and 
lest  I  should  err  in  asking  for  what  might  be  injurious 
for  me,  I  leave  it  entirely  to  Thee,  and  trust  in  Thee, 
Who  alone  hast  goodness  and  infinite  wisdom,  to  give 
me  what  Thou  knowest  to  be  best  for  me.  To  all  these 
graces  add  that  highest  and  most  precious  gift,  the  crown 
and  perfection  of  all  Thy  other  gifts,  the  grace  of  final 
perseverance.  Do  Thou,  Thyself,  my  Jesus,  ask  it  of 
Thine  eternal  Father:  show  Him  Thy  wounds;  offer 
Him  Thy  most  precious  blood,  and  then  I  shall  be  sure 
of  being  heard. 


Petitions  and  Offerings  after  Holy  Communion.      423 

Lastly,  I  ask  Thee,  rny  Jesus,  to  give  me  Thy  bless 
ing  before  Thou  leavest  me.  I  recommend  my  soul  to 
Thee  during  the  whole  of  my  life  and  in  the  hour  of 
death.  Every  day  and  hour  and  moment  I  am  getting 
nearer  to  that  time.  Ah!  defend  me,  then,  from  all 
temptations,  and  give  me  grace  to  overcome  them;  grant 
me  the  assistance  of  my  Mother  Mary;  and  oh!  do  not 
let  me,  in  punishment  for  my  sins,  and  especially  for 
my  irreverences  toward  the  Blessed  Sacrament  and 
my  unworthy  communions — do  not  let  me,  I  beseech 
Thee,  dear  Lord,  depart  this  life  without  having  received 
the  last  sacraments  with  proper  dispositions. 

[You  may  here  add  any  particular  petitions  for  yourself  and 
for  your  neighbor.  Do  not  forget  to  pray  for  the  Holy  Church, 
the  Sovereign  Pontiff,  and  all  Superiors,  both  ecclesiastical 
and  secular.  Recommend  to  our  dear  Lord  the  regular  and 
secular  clergy,  as  also  the  members  of  all  Religious  Orders, 
and  pray  Him  to  give  them  the  true  spirit  of  their  holy  voca 
tion.  Pray  for  your  relatives,  friends,  and  benefactors, 
for  the  afflicted,  the  sick,  and  those  in  their  agony.  Pray 
for  the  poor,  holy  souls  in  purgatory.  Recommend  all  poor 
sinners,  and  pray  for  their  conversion  and  salvation.  Do 
not  forget  to  pray  for  heretics  and  infidels,  beseeching  God 
to  enlighten  them  and  give  them  grace  to  embrace  the  true 
faith.] 

I  should,  indeed,  be  ungrateful,  O  my  Jesus,  if  after 
Thou  hast  given  me  Thyself  in  this  holy  communion,  I 
were  to  delay  an  instant  in  giving  myself  entirely  to 
Thee.  I  offer  Thee,  most  loving  Lord,  my  soul,  together 
with  my  liberty.  I  offer  Thee  my  understanding,  that, 
sanctified  by  Thee,  it  may  be  occupied  earnestly  in 
the  consideration  of  Thy  blessed  Passion  and  death, 
and  Thy  divine  attributes.  I  give  Thee  my  memory, 
that  I  may  ever  have  in  remembrance  the  infinite  mercies 
Thou  hast  shown  me.  I  give  Thee  my  will,  that  by 
Thy  holy  love  I  may  be  entirely  conformed  to  Thy 
divine  will,  desiring  nothing  but  what  Thou  wiliest, 


424     Petitions  and  Offerings  after  Holy  communion. 

and  rejecting ,  everything  that  is  displeasing  to  Thee. 
I  give  Thee  my  whole  self,  to  be  sanctified  by  Thee  in 
soul  and  body;  and  I  intend  in  this  offering  to  make 
an  entire,  irrevocable,  and  eternal  sacrifice  of  myself 
and  all  that  belongs  to  me.  I  offer  and  consecrate  to 
Thee  my  poor  heart,  which  now  desires  to  love  Thee 
so  faithfully  as  to  make  amends  for  all  the  infidelities 
of  my  past  life.  O  my  Jesus,  detach  my  heart  from 
creatures,  unite  it  perfectly  to  Thine  own,  and,  hiding 
it  within  the  loving  wound  of  Thy  side,  imprint  deeply 
in  it  the  memory  of  Thy  bitter  Passion  and  the  sorrows 
of  Thy  most  holy  Mother:  so  that,  by  frequent  medita 
tion  on  these  mysteries,  I  may  be  filled  with  sorrow  for 
my  past  sins,  and  for  the  time  to  come  faithfully  cor 
respond  to  Thine  infinite  love. 

I  offer  Thee  all  the  senses  of  my  body,  particularly 
my  eyes  and  my  tongue:  grant  that  henceforth  I  may 
nevermore  offend  Thee  by  them.  I  offer  Thee  my 
thoughts,  words,  and  deeds.  My  Jesus,  I  desire  to 
unite  all  I  have  offered  Thee  to  the  merits  of  Thy  most 
holy  Passion  and  death,  and  the  merits  of  my  Mother 
Mary  and  all  the  saints.  I  offer  Thee  the  good  works 
I  have  done,  as  well  as  those  I  shall  ever  do  in  the  whole 
course  of  my  life,  and  I  now  make  the  intention  of  doing 
and  suffering  all  things  for  Thy  greater  glory,  in  prepa 
ration  for  holy  communion,  and  in  thanksgiving  for 
the  Most  Holy  Sacrament. 

Blessed  and  praised  every  moment  be  the  Most  Holy 
and  Most  Divine  Sacrament! 

REFLECTIONS   AFTER  COMMUNION. 

fALL  to  mind,  as  often  as  you  can  during  the  day, 
that  you  have  received  Jesus  in  the  Blessed 
Sacrament.  Try  to  repeat  frequently  this  short  sentence: 
"This  morning  Jesus  Christ,  the  Son  of  God,  condescended 
to  come  and  dwell  within  me,  and  gave  Himself  to  me."  By 
doing  this,  you  will  derive  greater  fruit  from  your  communion ; 


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you  will  gain  more  patience  under  difficulties,  and  be  more 
careful  in  keeping  the  grace  of  God  in  your  soul;  you  will 
more  easily  acquire  true  and  real  devotion;  you  will  set 
a  good  example  to  others,  and  have  a  continual  inducement 
to  lead  a  good  Christian  life,  if  only  you  adopt  this  simple 
practice. 

2.  Retire  frequently  into  your  heart,   in  order  to  renew 
an  act  of  adoration  of  Jesus,  or  of  thanksgiving  for  the  loving 
visit  He  made  you  in  the  morning,  and  rekindle  the  fire  of 
divine  charity  by  some  holy  aspiration.     We  would  not  so 
quickly  lose  the  fervor  of  devotion  and  the  love  of  God,  if 
we  took  greater  pains  about  this;   and  Jesus   Christ  would 
not  have  to  lament  the  coldness  with  which  men  love  Him, 
if  they  only  thought  oftener  of  His  benefits  and  His  love, 
especially  in  the  Most  Holy  Sacrament,  and  thanked  Him 
with  their  whole  heart. 

3.  Frequently   renew   the   offering  of  your   heart  to   our 
dear  Lord.     By  giving  Himself  to  you,  He  desires  to  gain 
you  to  His  love,  and  earnestly  asks  you  to  give  Him  your 
heart  in  exchange  for  the  infinite  gift  He  has  bestowed  upon 
you.     Will  you  be  so  ungrateful  as  to  deny  Him  your  heart, 
and  to  give  it  to  the  world  and  the  devil  on  the  very  day  on 
which  He  has  come  to  take  possession  of  it?    Ah!   no;   this 
must  not  be;    you  have  consecrated  your  heart  to  Jesus  in 
your  communion;   you  must  ratify  and  confirm  this  offering; 
and  if  the  world,   with  its  enticements,  vanities,  and  false 
pleasures,  wishes  to  enter  into  your  heart,  say  that  you  have 
given  it  for  ever  to  Jesus.     If  the  devil  with  his  suggestions, 
an  i  the  flesh  with  its  temptati  ns,  assail  your  heart,  a  swer 
generously  and  courageously  that  you  1  ave  given  it  to    esus, 
to  be  His  and  His  alone  and  for  ever.     Oh,  if  all  Christians 
were  but  to  do  this  after  their  communion,  they  would  pre 
serve  the  grace  of  God,  an    not  relapse  into  sin. 

4.  Remember   that  your   tongue  h  s  received  Jesus,  th  t 
it   has  touched  His   sacred   body  when     ou   went   to   com 
munion.     Only  recall    this  thought   to  mind  when  you  feel 
tempted  to   speak  impatiently,  or  so  as  to  offend  or  injure 
your  neighbor;  and  surely  it  will  keep  you  from   offending 
Jesus   with   that    tongue    which   has  been  sanctified  by  the 
touch  of  His  sacred  flesh. 

5.  In  connection  with  your  visits  to  the  Blessed  Sacrament 


426     Petitions  and  Offerings  after  Holy  Communion. 

every  day  make  a  spiritual  communion,  renewing  in  the  most 
lively  manner  your  desire  to  receive  our  dear  Lord  into  your 
heart.  Remember,  for  love  of  us  Jesus  remains  night  and 
day  in  the  tabernacle,  ardently  desiring  to  communicate  Him 
self  to  our  souls,  and  bestow  His  graces  upon  us.  Ah!  what 
monstrous  forgetfulness  and  ingratitude,  if,  when  we  can 
easily  do  so,  we  neglect  to  go  to  Him  during  the  day,  to  pay 
our  homage  and  adoration  to  Him  in  return  for  all  His  love.* 

n  /nbass  of  Gbanfcsgivtng  after  "fcolg  Communion. 

AT   THE   COMMENCEMENT   OF   MASS. 

YOU  have  now  received  from  the  tender  mercy  of  your 
divine  Redeemer  the  greatest  and  sweetest  proof  of 
His  wondrous  love.  Surely  your  heart  is  overflowing  with 
gratitude  and  affection.  To  give  evidence  of  this  gratitude, 
and  to  give  expression  to  this  affection,  you  can  do  nothing 
better,  nothing  more  acceptable  to  God,  than  to  assist  again 
at  the  adorable  sacrifice  of  the  altar,  thus  offering  to  the 
Almighty  the  only  Victim  of  thanksgiving  proportionate  to 
the  benefits  which  you  have  received. 

OGOD!  "  how  hast  Thou  multiplied  Thy  mercies" 
in  favor  of  Thy  poor  servant.  When  was  I  ever 
so  rich  as  at  present?  "What  shall  I  render  to  the 
Lord  for  all  the  things  that  He  hath  rendered  to  me? 
I  will  take  the  chalice  of  salvation;  I  will  pay  my  vows 
to  the  Lord  before  all  His  people;  I  will  sacrifice  to 
Thee  the  sacrifice  of  praise,  and  I  will  call  upon  the 
name  of  the  Lord,  in  the  courts  of  the  house  of  the 
Lord."  (Psalm  cxv.  12-18.) 

I  am  indeed  fully  conscious,  O  Lord,  of  my  personal 
indigence,  and  my  utter  unworthiness  to  be  among  Thy 
chosen  ones  in  this  holy  place,  yet,  transported  with 
gratitude  for  the  dignity  to  which  I  am  raised  by  the 

*  Additional  exercises  for  thanksgiving  after  holy  communion 
will  be  found  in  another  part  of  this  book. 


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sacred  bonds,  which  unite  me  to  my  Saviour,  I  will 
again  offer  Thee,  O  King  of  heaven  and  earth,  a  worthy 
sacrifice,  a  Victim  of  thanksgiving,  commensurate  with 
Thy  gifts.  I  will  offer  Thee  a  host  of  praise,  im 
molated  not  only  on  this  altar,  but  in  the  midst  of  my 
heart. 

And  Thou,  O  Jesus!  "sweet  and  mild,  and  plenteous 
in  mercy  "  (Ps.  Ixxxv.  5),  give  ear  to  my  earnest  petition; 
let  me  be  now  so  closely  united  to  Thee  that  I  may 
become  one  with  Thee,  and  thus  be  enabled  to  offer 
my  whole  being  a  sacrifice  worthy  of  the  God  to  whose 
glory  Thou  art  about  to  be  immolated;  create  within 
me  that  humble,  meek,  and  fervent  heart,  which  will 
make  me  pleasing  and  acceptable  in  Thy  sight;  let 
Thy  divine  presence  fill  my  soul  with  consolation  and 
peace,  and  let  Thy  mercies  be  now  upon  me,  "according 
to  the  hope  I  have  placed  in  Thee."  I  ask  of  Thee,  O 
Lord,  a  constant  sense  of  Thy  divine  presence,  that  I 
may  walk  before  Thee,  and  be  perfect. 

OFFERING   OF   THE   BLESSED   MARGARET   MARY. 

^iTERNAL  Father,  receive,  I  beseech  Thee,  the 
^-A  offering  that  I  make  of  the  Heart  of  Jesus  Christ, 
Thy  well-beloved  Son,  as  He  offers  Himself  to  Thee  in 
sacrifice.  Be  pleased  to  receive  this  offering  for  me,  with 
all  the  desires,  all  the  sentiments,  all  the  affections,  all 
the  beatings,  all  the  actions  of  this  Sacred  Heart.  They 
are  all  mine,  since  He  immolates  Himself  for  me;  and 
I  desire,  for  the  future,  never  to  have  any  other  inten 
tions  but  His.  Receive  them  in  satisfaction  for  my 
sins,  and  in  thanksgiving  for  all  Thy  benefits.  Receive 
them,  and  grant  me,  through  their  merits,  all  the  graces 
that  are  necessary  for  me,  and  particularly  the  grace  of 
final  perseverance.  Receive  them  as  so  many  acts  of 
love,  adoration,  and  praise,  which  I  offer  to  Thy  divine 
Majesty,  since  it  is  by  Him  alone  that  Thou  art  worthilv 
honored  and  glorified.  Amen. 


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AT  THE  KYRIE. 

KYRIE  eleison,  etc.  *-|—ORD,  have  mercy,  etc. 

Christe  eleison,  etc.         ,J   i     Christ,    have     mercy 

etc. 
Kyrie  eleison,  etc.  Lord,  have  mercy,  etc. 

FROM  THE  GLORIA  TO  THE  OFFERTORY. 

Adoration,  Thanksgiving,  Love* 

"T"  FALL  down  to  adore  You,  O  Holy  and  Undivided 
•*-•  Trinity,  One  in  Three  and  Three  in  One,  the 
earliest,  highest,  dearest  Mystery  of  our  faith! 

I  fall  before  You  and  adore  You,  O  eternal  Father, 
"Father  of  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  of  Whom  all  pater 
nity  in  heaven  and  earth  is  named!"  (Eph.  iii).  Our 
Father,  Who  art  in  heaven!  I  love  and  praise  You  in 
union  with  the  Son  and  the  Holy  Spirit,  and  together 
with  my  vow  of  poverty,  put  myself  wholly  into  Your 
hands  for  ever. 

Sume,  Domine,  el  suscipe! 

I  FALL  before  You,  and  adore  You,  O  eternal  Son, 
God  of  God,  Light  of  light,  very  God  of  very  God, 
my  Brother  by  the  Incarnation,  my  Spouse  by  the  vows  of 
my  profession,  my  Redeemer,  my  Master,  my  All  in  all! 
I  love  and  praise  You  in  union  with  the  Father  and 
the  Holy  Spirit,  and  together  with  my  vow  of  chastity, 
give  myself  wholly  to  Your  Heart  for  ever. 

Sume,  Domine,  et  suscipe! 

I  fall  before  You  and  adore  You,  O  eternal  Spirit, 
coequal  with  the  Father  and  the  Son,  my  Guide,  my 
Comforter ! 

I  love  and  praise  You  in  union  with  the  Father  and 
the  Son,  Whose  uncreated  Love  You  are,  and  together 
with  my  vow  of  obedience,  abandon  myself  wholly  to 

*  From  Mother  Loyola's  "Confession  and  Communion." 


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Your  leading,  to  be  conformed  in  all  things  to  Your 
will  for  ever. 

Snme,  Domine,  et  suscipe! 
Adoration. 

"Come,  let  us  adore  and  fall  down  before  the  Lord 
that  made  us,  for  He  is  the  Lord  our  God."  (Ps.  xciv.) 

Adoro  Te  devote,  latens  Deltas. 

I  adore  You,  O  Lord,  my  Creator,  O  God  my  Re 
deemer,  my  Sanctifier,  O  Ever-blessed  and  Undivided 
Trinity ! 

Holy,  Holy,  Holy,  Lord  God  of  hosts;  the  earth  is 
full  of  Thy  glory;  glory  be  to  the  Father;  Glory  be  to 
the  Son;  Glory  be  to  the  Holy  Ghost. 

Indulgence  of  100  days,  once  a  day. — Pope  Clement  XIV., 
June  6,  1769. 

Glory  be  to  the  Father,  Who  created  me  out  of  love. 

Glory  be  to  the  Son,  Who  redeemed  me  with  love. 

Glory  be  to  the  Holy  Ghost,  Who  sanctified  me  in 
love,  and  reserved  for  me  His  graces  of  predilection. 

Glory  be  to  the  Holy  and  Undivided  Trinity,  one 
God,  for  ever  and  ever.  Amen. 

Laudamus  Te;  benedicimus  Te;  adoramus  Te,  glori- 
ficamus  Te.  Gratias  agimus  Tibi  propter  magnam  glo- 
riam  Tuam. 

Thanksgiving. 

f£tE  Deum  laudamus:   Te  Dominum  confitemur. 
^-'     Te  asternum  Patrem :  omnis  terra  veneratur. 

Patrem  immensse  majestatis. 

Venerandum  Tuum  verum,  et  unicum  Filium. 

Sanctum  quoque  Paraclitum  Spiritum. 

Benedicamus  Patrem  et  Filium  cum  Sancto  Spiritu. 
Laudemus  et  superexaltemus  eum  in  saecula. 

Benedicta  sit  Sancta  Trinitas  et  mdivisa  unitas,  una 
Deitas. 


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"O  ye  angels  of  the  Lord,  bless  the  Lord,  praise  and 
exalt  Him  above  all  for  ever. 

"O  ye  sons  of  men,  bless  the  Lord;  praise  and  exalt 
Him  above  all  for  ever. 

"  O  ye  servants  of  the  Lord,  bless  the  Lord;  praise  and 
exalt  Him  above  all  for  ever. 

"O  ye  spirits  and  souls  of  the  just,  bless  the  Lord 
praise  and  exalt  Him  above  all  for  ever. 

"  O  ye  holy  and  humble  of  heart,  bless  the  Lord;  praise 
and  exalt  Him  above  all  for  ever. 

"O  give  thanks  to  the  Lord  because  He  is  good,  be 
cause  His  mercy  endureth  for  ever. 

"O  all  ye  Religious,  bless  the  Lord;  praise  Him  and 
give  Him  thanks  because  His  mercy  endureth  for  ever." 
(Dan.  iii.  58-90.) 

Love  and  Reparation. 

"*T*S  not  He  thy  Father,  that  hath  possessed  thee,  and 
*•"•»  made  thee,  and  created  thee  ?  "  (Deut.  xxxii.) 

"You  are  not  your  own,  you  are  bought  with  a  great 
price."  (i  Cor.  vi.) 

"You  are  the  temple  of  God,  and  the  Spirit  of  God 
dwelleth  in  you."  (i  Cor.  iii.) 

To  whom,  my  God,  do  I  belong  if  not  to  You  ?  Who 
else  has  a  shadow  of  right  to  me  ?  I  am  Yours  by  crea 
tion,  by  redemption,  by  sanctification.  I  am  Yours 
by  the  vows  of  my  profession.  And  how  have  You 
treated  one  who  is  Yours  by  so  many  titles?  Have 
You  loved  me  ?  Have  You  given  me  cause  to  love  You  ? 
Love  is  shown  by  deeds,  by  the  communication  :>f  good 
things.  Will  Your  love  bear  this  test,  my  God?  Oh, 
let  the  history  of  Your  benefits  to  me  throughout  my 
life  speak  for  You — that  hidden  history  of  Your  deal 
ings  with  my  soul,  the  significance  of  which  I  could  not 
make  known  to  others,  even  if  I  would — the  opportu 
nities,  the  help  in  need,  the  persistent  drawing  aid 
waiting  which  make  up  the  history  of  my  life. 


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"  No  earthly  father  loves  like  Thee, 

No  mother  half  so  mild 
Bears  and  forbears,  as  Thou  hast  done, 
With  me  Thy  sinful  child." 

I  have  cause  indeed  to  love,  and  I  tell  You  again 
and  again  that  I  love  You,  my  God  and  my  all.  But 
where  are  the  proofs?  Love  is  shown  by  deeds.  In 
deed  and  in  truth  You  have  loved  ni5.  But  where 
are  the  proofs  of  my  love  ?  Resolutions  in  plenty  every 
morning.  But  when  the  evening  comes  what  have  I 
to  show,  what  have  I  to  offer  but  weaknesses,  cowardices, 
and  failures.  And  yet  I  love  You,  dearest  Lord.  I 
wish  to  please  You;  forgive  me  my  unfaithfulness. 
You  have  created  me;  You  know  my  weaknesses  and 
my  struggles — have  mercy  on  me;  help  me  to  love  You 
better;  help  me  to  follow  You  more  closely.  Take  my 
heart,  and  make  it  like  Your  Heart — meek  and  humble. 
I  shall  try  to  accept  my  failures  in  a  deeply  humbk 
spirit;  I  shall  not  yield  to  discouragement,  but  trusting 
in  Your  goodness,  in  Your  love  and  Your  grace,  I  shall 
endeavor  daily  to  overcome  my  weaknesses,  and  fight 
on  calmly,  courageously,  generously,  and  hopefully  to 
the  end.  O  Lord,  I  am  willing  to  go  on  still  struggling 
— fighting  hard  constantly  to  the  last  moment  of  my 
life ;  and  even  to  fail  constantly,  to  have  nothing  to  show 
but  defeat  and  failures,  provided  only  that  You  are 
glorified.  Omnia  ad  Majorem  Dei  gloriam. 

AT  THE  OFFERTORY. 

When  the  Priest  afters  the  Host,  say  with  him: 

*ZT*CCEPT,  O  holy  Father,  almighty,  eternal  God, 
iv*-*-»  this  immaculate  Host,  which  I,  Thy  unworthy 
servant,  offer  unto  Thee,  my  living  and  true  God,  for 
my  innumerable  sins,  offences,  and  negligences,  and 
for  all  here  present,  as  also  for  all  faithful  Christians, 
both  living  and  dead,  that  it  may  be  profitable  for  my 
own  and  for  their  salvation  unto  life  eternal.  Amen. 


43 2     Petitions  and  Offerings  after  Holy  Communion. 

When  the  Priest  offers  the  chalice,  say  with  him: 
(f\\  E  offer  unto  Thee,  O  Lord,  the  chalice  of  salva- 
^-**  tion,  beseeching  Thy  clemency  that  in  the  sight 
of  Thy  divine  majesty  it  may  ascend  with  the  odor  of 
sweetness  for  our  salvation  and  for  that  of  the  whole 
world. 

V/hen  the  Priest  washes  his  fingers,  say  with  him 
THE  LAVABO. 

I  WILL  wash  my  hands  among  the  innocent,  and 
will  compass  Thy  altar,  O  Lord:  that  I  may  hear 
the  voice  of  praise  and  tell  of  all  Thy  marvellous  works. 
I  have  loved,  O  Lord,  the  beauty  of  Thy  house,  and  the 
place  where  Thy  glory  dwelleth.  Take  not  away  my 
soul,  O  God,  with  the  wicked,  nor  my  life  with  bloody 
men.  In  whose  hands  are  iniquities;  their  right  hand 
is  filled  with  gifts.  As  for  me,  I  have  walked  in  my 
innocence;  redeem  me  and  have  mercy  upon  me.  My 
foot  hath  stood  in  the  right  path;  in  the  churches  I  will 
bless  Thee,  O  Lord.  Glory  be  to  the  Father,  etc. 

When  the  Priest  bows  before  the  altar,  say: 

ECEIVE,  O  Holy  Trinity,  this  oblation  which  we 
make  to  Thee  in  memory  of  the  Passion,  Resur 
rection,  and  Ascension  of  Our  Lord  Jesus  Christ,  and 
in  honor  of  Blessed  Mary,  ever  virgin,  of  blessed  John 
the  Baptist,  the  holy  apostles  Peter  and  Paul,  of  these 
and  of  all  the  saints,  that  it  may  be  available  to  their 
honor  and  to  our  salvation;  and  may  they  vouchsafe 
to  intercede  for  us  in  heaven,  whose  memory  we  cele 
brate  on  earth.  Through  Christ  our  Lord.  Amen 

AT  THE  ORATE,   FRATRES. 

Y  the  Lord  receive  this  holy  sacrifice  from  the 
hands  of  His  minister  at  the  altar  to  the  praise 
and  glory  of  His  name,  to  our  own  benefit,  and  to  the 
welfare  of  the  whole  Catholic  Church. 


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AT    THE    SECRETA. 

/T\ERCIFULLY  grant  Thy  Church,  O  Lord,  we  be- 
*h'<<>  seech  Thee,  the  gifts  of  unity  and  peace,  which 
are  mystically  represented  in  these  offerings,  through 
Jesus  Christ  our  Lord. 

AT    THE    PREFACE. 

IT  is  truly  meet  and  just,  right  and  salutary,  that  we 
should  always  and  in  all  places  give  thanks  to 
Thee,  O  Lord,  Father  almighty,  eternal  God,  since  by 
the  mystery  of  the  Word  made  flesh  a  new  ray  of  Thy 
glory  has  appeared  to  the  eyes  of  our  souls;  that,  while 
we  behold  God  visibly,  we  may  be  carried  by  Him  to 
the  love  of  things  invisible;  and  therefore,  with  the 
angels  and  archangels,  with  the  thrones  and  dominations, 
and  with  all  the  heavenly  host,  we  sing  our  everlasting 
hymn  to  Thy  glory,  saying: 

AT  THE   SANCTUS. 

i  OLY,  holy,  holy,  Lord  God  of  Sabaoth,  heaven 
and  earth  are  full  of  Thy  glory.     Hosanna  in  the 
highest! 

AT    THE    BENEDICTUS. 

BLESSED  is  He  that  cometh  in  the  name  of  the 
Lord.     Hosanna  in  the  highest! 

Bt  tbc  Canon. 

COMMEMORATION   OF   THE   LIVING. 

this  solemn  part  of  the  Mass,  let  the  consideration  of 
the  love  which  the  Almighty  has  this  day  manifested 
toward  you,  animate  you  not  only  with  gratitude  toward  your 
divine  Benefactor,  but  also  with  a  lively  interest  in  the  tem 
poral  and  eternal  welfare  of  all  your  fellow  creatures.  Pray 
fervently  for  all,  whether  friends  or  enemies:  since  Jesus 


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Christ  loves  all,  and  did  not  refuse  to  lay  down  His  life  foi 
them. 

O  DIVINE  Jesus!  the  Redeemer  of  all  mankind! 
Who  art  come  to  save  even  those  who  were  lost! 
Whose  adorable  blood  was  shed  for  many  to  the  remis 
sion  of  sins!  deign  to  listen  to  the  prayers  I  now  offer, 
not  for  myself  alone,  but  for  all  mankind,  Whose  Crea 
tor,  Lord,  and  Sovereign  Master  Thou  art: — permit 
me  to  offer  my  supplications  for  the  peace  and  prosperity 
of  that  Holy,  Catholic,  and  Apostolic  Church,  which 
was  founded  on  Thy  unerring  word,  established  by 
Thy  miracles,  enriched  by  Thy  merits,  and  made  illus 
trious  by  Thy  saints;  of  that  Church,  whose  unworthy 
child  I  am,  in  whose  bosom,  through  Thy  grace,  I  re 
solve  to  live  and  die;  that  Church,  which  has  this  day 
imparted  to  me  her  most  precious  treasure,  in  giving 
me  the  adorable  body  and  blood  of  her  heavenly  Spouse. 
O  my  God!  bless,  sanctify,  and  protect  the  Pope,  Thy 
representative  on  earth;  have  mercy  on  the  bishops, 
priests,  Religious,  and  all  who  labor  in  Thy  vineyard; 
animate  them  with  zeal  for  the  salvation  of  souls,  who 
are  the  purchase  of  Thy  blood;  give  them  humility, 
purity,  prudence,  patience,  and  perseverance;  inflame 
their  hearts  with  that  ardent  zeal  which  consumed  Thy 
holy  apostles.  Render  their  lives  as  holy  as  the  law 
they  inculcate;  make  them  all  according  to  Thine  own  di 
vine  Heart,  and  let  their  light  so  shine  before  men,  that 
they,  seeing  their  good  works,  may  "  glorify  their  Father 
Who  is  in  heaven "  (Matt.  v.  16).  Bless  our  Holy 
Institute;  bless  our  friends,  our  relatives,  our  benefac 
tors,  all  those  who  have  asked  us  to  pray  for  them,  and 
for  whom  we  have  promised  to  pray.  Bless  in  particular 
those  who,  by  prayer  and  good  works,  are  fostering  and 
propagating  devotion  to  the  Blessed  Sacrament. 

SWEETEST    Jesus,  Redeemer  of    mankind,  be- 
hold  me  humbly  prostrate  before  Thine  altar.     I 


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belong  to  Thee;  I  wish  to  be  Thine;  I  dedicate  myself 
to  Thy  most  Sacred  Heart.  O  my  Lord,  I  seek  not 
that  which  is  profitable  to  myself,  but  to  many ;  that  they 
may  be  saved  (i  Cor.  x.  33).  Many  have  never  known 
Thee.  Many,  despising  Thy  commands,  have  rejected 
Thee.  Have  pity  on  them,  most  merciful  Jesus,  and 
draw  all  men  to  Thy  Sacred  Heart.  Rule,  O  Lord,  not 
only  over  the  faithful  who  never  have  gone  away  from 
Thee,  but  also  over  the  prodigal  sons  who  have  forsaken 
Thee;  and  make  them  return  quickly  to  their  Father's 
house,  lest  they  perish  of  misery  and  hunger.  Rule 
over  those  who  have  been  misled  by  error,  or  separated 
by  schism;  and  call  them  back  to  the  haven  of  truth 
and  the  unity  of  faith,  so  that  there  may  soon  be  one  fold 
and  one  Shepherd.  Lastly,  rule  over  all  who  are  sunk 
in  the  old  superstition  of  the  Gentiles,  and  vouchsafe  to 
bring  them  out  of  darkness  into  the  light  and  kingdom 
of  God. 

Give  to  Thy  Church,  O  Lord,  safety  and  liberty;  give 
to  all  nations  peace  and  order;  and  grant  that,  over  the 
whole  earth,  from  pole  to  pole,  may  resound  the  words: 
Praise  be  to  the  divine  Heart,  through  which  was 
brought  to  us  salvation ;  glory  and  honor  be  to  it  for  ever. 
Amen. 

AT  THE   ELEVATION. 
Adoration. 

*7J*DORO  Te   devote,    la-     fV     HIDDEN     God,      de- 
flk^Jn     tens  Deitas,  \J        voutly  unto  Thee 

Quae  sub  his  figuris  vere  la-         Bends  my  adoring  knee; 

titas;  With  lowly  semblances  from 

Tibi  se  cor  meum  totum  subji-  sight  concealed, 

cit,  To  faith  alone  revealed. 

Quia  Te  contemplans  totum     Fain  would  my  heart  trans- 
deficit,  pierce  the  mystery, 

But    fails    and    faints    away, 
and  yields  itself  to  Thee. 


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LaudamusTe;  benedicimus  We  praise  Thee;  we  bless 

Te;  adoramus  Te;  glorifi-  Thee;  we  adore  Thee;  we 

camus  Te; .  .  .  Domine  Fill  glorify  Thee; .  .  .  O  Lord  Jesus 

unigenite,  Jesu  Christe.  Christ,  the  only  begotten  Son. 

Tu  Rex  Gloriae,  Christe.  Thou  art  the  King  of  glory, 

O  Christ. 

Tu  Patris  sempiternus  es  Thou  art  the  everlasting 

Filius.  Son  of  the  Father. 

Ave  verum  Corpus,   natum       Hail    to    thee,     true    body! 

sprung 

Ex  Maria  Virgine,  From    the    Virgin    Mary's 

womb; 

Vere  passum,  immolatum          The  same  that  on  the  cross 

was  hung, 

In  cruce  pro  homine.  And  bore  for  man  the  bit 

ter  doom. 

O  Clemens,  O  pie,  O  kind,  O  loving  One! 

O  dulcis  Jesu,  Fili  Mariae.  O  sweet  Jesus,  Mary's  Son. 


AFTER   THE   ELEVATION. 

I  ADORE  you,  O  soul  of  Christ,  Holy  of  holies,  holr 
with  the  holiness  of  God.  I  adore  you,  and  anni 
hilate  myself  before  you  in  my  emptiness,  my  nothing 
ness,  my  baseness.  Soul  of  Christ,  sanctify  me. 

I  adore  you,  body  of  Christ— my  ransom  on  the  cross, 
my  food  in  the  Eucharist.  O  divine  head,  O  sacred 
face,  O  compassionate  eyes,  O  blessed  hands  and 
feet,  O  loving  Heart,  I  adore  you,  I  love  and  praise 
you,  I  put  my  trust  in  you.  Body  of  Christ,  save 
me! 

I  adore  you,  most  precious  blood — life  and  healing, 
redemption,  intercession— all  in  all  to  me.  O  blood 
of  my  Saviour,  by  your  profuse  generosity — under  the 
olive  trees,  at  the  column  of  the  scourging,  on  the  altar 
of  the  cross — take  away  my  languor  and  my  apathy, 
take  me  out  of  myself,  fire  me  with  your  generosity, 
let  me  return  you  love  for  love.  Blood  of  Christ,  ine 
briate  me! 


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Thanksgiving. 

OME,  let  us  praise  the  Lord  with  joy,  let  us  joy- 
fully  sing  to  God  our  Saviour/'     (Ps.  xciv.) 

"Who  hath  loved  us  and  washed  us  from  our  sins  in 
His  own  blood."  (Apoc.  i.) 

"My  soul  doth  magnify  the  Lord,  and  my  spirit  hath 
rejoiced  in  God  my  Saviour."  (Luke  i.) 

"Salvation  to  Our  God,  Who  sitteth  upon  the  throne. 
.  .  .  Alleluia.  -Salvation  and  glory  and  power  to  Our 
God.  Alleluia."  (Apoc.  v.  11-13.) 

" Give  glory  to  the  Lord  for  He  is  good:  for  His  mercy 
endureth  forever."  (Ps.  cvi.) 

"For  He  is  our  peace"  (Eph.  ii.),  "making  peace 
through  the  blood  of  His  cross."  (Coloss.  i.) 

Blessed  be  God. 

Blessed  be  His  holy  name. 

Blessed  be  Jesus  Christ,  true  God  and  true  man. 

Blessed  be  Jesus  in  the  Most  Holy  Sacrament  of 
the  Altar. 

"  Thanks  be  to  God  for  His  unspeakable  gift."  (2  Cor. 
ix.) 

Love. 

"  *T~f  ^'  tm's  *s  (~)ur  God;  we  have  waited  for  Him,  and 
*•*— *     He  will  save  us.     This  is  the  Lord;  we  have 
patiently  waited  for  Him;   we  shall  rejoice  and  be  joy 
ful  in  His  salvation."     (Is.  xxv.) 

"My  God  and  my  Saviour!  "     (Ps.  Ixi.) 
"Say  to  my  soul:   I  am  thy  salvation."     (Ps.  xxxiv.) 
"This  day  is  salvation  come  to  this  house."     (Luke 
xix.) 

f( Behold,  God  is  my  Saviour:  I  will  deal  confidently.'"' 
(Is.  xii.) 

"The  Lord  is  my  rock,  and  ray  strength,  and  my 
Saviour."  (2  Kings  xxii.) 

"He  loved  me  and  delivered  Himself  for  me."  (Gal.  ii.) 


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Recordare,  Jesu  pie,  Sweet  Jesus,  think — my  debt 

to  pay, 
Quod  sum  causa  Tuae  viae,         Thou     wouldst      tread      the 

mournful  way; 
Ne  me  perdas  ilia  die.  Forsake  me  not  in  that  dread 

day. 
Quaerens  me,  sedisti  lassus,        In  quest  of  me  Thy  feet  were 

worn, 
Redemisti,  crucem  passus,          To  ransom  me  Thy  cross  was 

borne ; 
Tantus  labor  non  sit  cassus.       Let  not  such  love  reap  only 

scorn. 

O  bone  Jesu,  exaudi  me,  O  good  Jesus,  hear  me ; 

Intra  Tua  vulnera  absconde  Within  Thy  wounds  hide  me; 

me, 

Ne  permittas  me  separari  a  Never   let    me   be    separated 

Te.  from  Thee. 


petitions. 

COMMEMORATION   OF   THE   DEAD. 

O  ALMIGHTY  God!  the  resurrection  and  the  life! 
he  that  believeth  in  Thee,  even  though  he  were 
dead,  shall  certainly  live,  and  enjoy  in  Thy  kingdom 
the  true  liberty  of  the  children  of  God.  Look  then,  I 
beseech  Thee,  with  compassion  and  mercy  on  those  suffer 
ing  souls  who  have  always  believed  and  confessed  Thy 
name.  O  sovereign  Lord,  remember  that  they  are 
"the  work  of  Thine  own  hands  "  (Job  x.  3);  created  in 
Thy  power,  redeemed  in  Thy  mercy,  preserved  in  Thy 
goodness,  and  formed  to  Thine  adorable  image.  Ah! 
why  then  hidest  Thou  Thine  adorable  face  from  those 
who  have  been  dear  to  Thy  Sacred  Heart,  and  who  long 
to  behold  and  enjoy  Thee,  their  sovereign  Beatitude? 
Accept,  O  eternal  God!  in  their  favor,  the  adorable 
Victim,  Who  now  offers  Himself  to  Thee  on  this  altar, 
and  Whom  I  likewise  possess  in  the  center  of  my  soul. 
Apply  to  them  also,  O  Lord,  the  indulgence  which  Thy 
Church  this  day  holds  forth  in  Thy  name  to  worthy 


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communicants,  and  let  not  my  imperfect  dispositions 
be  an  obstacle  to  the  exercise  of  Thy  mercy  on  their 
behalf.  In  consideration  of  Thy  beloved  Son,  cease 
to  remember  their  iniquities,  and  take  no  further  re 
venge  of  their  sins.  I  particularly  implore  Thy  mercy, 
O  Lord!  for  my  parents,  friends,  and  benefactors;  for 
all  those  who  are  most  abandoned;  for  those  to  whose 
sufferings  I  may  have  been  accessory;  for  all  who, 
during  life,  were  most  devoted  to  the  Adorable  Sacrament 
of  Thy  love,  and  also  for  those  who  were  the  fervent 
clients  of  Thy  blessed  Mother,  for  priests  and  Religious, 
and  in  particular  for  the  deceased  members  of  our  Order. 
O  almighty  Lord!  transport  them  into  Thy  bosom, 
where  they  shall  be  replenished  with  the  goods  of  Thy 
house;  confirm  them  in  Thy  sight  forever,  that  they 
may  "  joyfully  sing  a  hymn  to  Thee  in  Sion,  and  pay  to 
Thee  a  vow  in  Jerusalem"  (Ps.  Ixiv.  i). 

AT    THE    PATER    NOSTER. 

After  repeating  with  the  priest  the  Pater  Noster,  call  to 
mind  the  indulgence  which  the  prodigal  son  experienced 
from  his  father  on  his  sincere  return,  and  acknowledge 
with  gratitude  that  the  tenderness  of  his  good  parent  has 
been  infinitely  surpassed  in  your  favor  by  your  heavenly 
Father. 

"TpATHER  in  heaven,  I  am  not  worthy  to  be  called 
«•*— I  Thy  child,  but  I  entreat  Thee  once  more,  in 
the  name  of  Thy  beloved  Son,  to  receive  me  among 
the  last  of  those  whose  happiness  it  is  to  serve  Thee 
under  the  sweet  yoke  of  poverty,  chastity,  and  obedience. 

jfrom  tbe  Communion  to  tbe  Bno  of  /Dbass. 

SPIRITUAL   COMMUNION. 

ENEW  your  desire  to  receive  Our  Lord  frequently 
during  the  day. 

The  Blessed  Margaret  Mary  once  said  to  her  divine  Spouse: 


440     Petitions  and  Offerings  after  Holy  Communion. 

"My  most  loving  Jesus,  I  wish  to  be  consumed  with  the  desire 
of  Thee  and  since  I  can  not  receive  Thee  now  I  will  not  cease 
to  desire  Thee."  To  which  Our  Lord  answered:  "I  take 
so  much  pleasure  in  being  desired,  that  as  many  times  as 
the  heart  forms  this  desire,  so  often  do  I  look  upon  it  lovingly 
to  attract  it  to  Myself."  Let  us  often  give  this  pleasure  to 
our  merciful  Saviour,  that  we  may  reap  from  it  the  sweet 
fruit  that  He  promises. 

/T\Y  Jesus,  I  most  firmly  believe  that  Thou  art  really 
*fc'i-»  present  in  the  Blessed  Sacrament.  I  place  in 
Thee  my  whole  confidence,  and  I  love  Thee  above  all 
things.  Oh!  that  I  had  never  offended  Thee!  I  ar 
dently  desire  to  be  united  to  Thee,  my  loving  Saviour, 
and  never  to  be  separated  from  Thee.  What  have  I  in 
heaven,  and  besides  Thee  what  do  I  desire  upon  earth! 
Veni,  Domine  Jesu. 

Act  of  Atonement. 

/T\Y  Father  in  heaven,  I  offer  unto  Thee  Thy  Son 
r**^»  Jesus  Christ  in  atonement  for  my  sins,  and  for 
the  sins  of  the  world. 

Look  on  Him,  O  my  Father;  He  raises  His  hands  to 
Thee;  He  is  pleading  for  us  all. 

Listen  to  Him,  Father  in  heaven.  He  asks  Thee 
for  pity  and  for  pardon.  He  is  Thine  own  beloved 
Son,  in  Whom  Thou  art  well  pleased.  Thou  canst 
not  refuse  Him  anything.  Do  not  let  Him  ask  in 
vain. 

He  has  paid  dearly  for  us,  O  God.  Remember  His 
sighs,  His  tears,  His  sweat  of  blood,  His  scourging  and 
the  cruel  pangs  He  suffered  for  us  on  Calvary.  For 
His  sake,  pity  and  pardon  us. 

Through  Him,  and  with  Him,  and  in  Him,  I  offer 
Thee,  O  eternal  Father,  humblest  adoration  and  thanks. 
Through  Him,  and  with  Him,  and  in  Him,  I  make 
atonement  for  the  sins  of  the  world,  and  I  implore  Thy 


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mercy  and  grace  for  myself  and  for  all  poor  sinners, 
through  the  same  Jesus  Christ  Thy  Son.  Amen. 

O  wondrous  Love!  would  that  men  knew  Thee. 
How  sweet  Thou  art,  O  Lord,  how  good  to  those  who 
love  Thee!  Bless  me,  that  I  may  love  Thee  more,  and 
serve  Thee  faithfully  to  the  end. 

Act  oj  Consecration, 

Thee,  O  Jesus,  I  consecrate  my  heart.  In  Thy 
Sacred  Heart  I  wish  to  live.  In  Thy  Sacred 
Heart  I  wish  to  die. 

Inflame  my  heart  with  the  fire  of  Thy  love,  and  en 
lighten  me  with  Thy  wisdom  and  Thy  knowledge. 

Oh,  let  Thy  loving  Heart  be  to  me  my  strength  in 
temptation  and  my  consolation  in  the  day  of  tribulation 
and  sorrow.  Grant  me  grace,  dear  Jesus,  ever  to  taste 
the  sweetness  of  Thy  Sacred  Heart,  not  only  during  my 
lifetime,  but,  above  all,  at  the  hour  of  my  death.  Ameh. 

Will  You  be  True? 

^TTT'KEN  you  go  to  your  holy  communion,  think  that  yot»